ACL injuries have taken the NBA by storm over the past few years. They’ve damaged a certain prospect’s draft hopes, the playoffs for several NBA teams, and our very own Lou Williams’ 2012-2013 season.
Williams’ injury came at a critical point in the season. The Hawks were getting to the point where they were really gelling as a group and they were approaching a top-4 seed in the Eastern Conference. One night in Brooklyn, however, everything changed.
A Hawks team with LouWill would’ve given the Pacers a better fight in the playoffs, for sure. While the Hawks had no reasonable shot at the title (at least we think so), the injury still hurt the Hawks in terms of my trusty GEE WHIZ scale.
Wait, you don’t know about the GEE WHIZ scale? It stands for Great Entertainment so Every Waking Human Is Zoned in — GEE WHIZ. Here’s an explanation:
Shortly after the season began and the Hawks began 20-10, I was having a blast watching every Hawks game. They posted a solid 6.5 on the GEE WHIZ scale — nothing legendary, but a nice number for a decent team. … Wait, you don’t understand my scale on the GEE WHIZ? Let me explain…
The GEE WHIZ runs from 0-10 (decimals are allowed) and championship/playoff games can be bumped up to a 20. Example: The 2005 BCS National Championship between Texas and USC (Hook ‘Em) was a 19.5. The 2013 NBA Finals was a 19. That Hawks-Jazz game from two years ago was a 9.3. Make sense?
After Lou dropped out with his injury, the Hawks dropped down to a 5.1. Not great, but I still watched every game with an eager mindset. Let’s just say I liked watching Lou play and his injury hurt that.
Note: His injury DID boost minutes for J-Lo (John Jenkins) which made me happy. Watching him play goes as an 8 on the individual GEE WHIZ scale.
Where was I? Oh yeah, the injury. Injuries heal and so do player’s egos (not that Lou has any issue with knowing how “hip” he is), but players can be affected by injuries mentally years after they occur.
Picture this: LouWill driving to the lane, sees a euro-step possibility, plans on making the move but — wait! He thinks back to the injury and throws up an awkward shot. It sounds crazy, but players will think about the move they made when they got injured repeatedly.
Williams is a tough dude, however, so the injury shouldn’t hold him back long-term.
Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with Lou as he proceeds to rehab his torn ACL. Here’s a portion of the article from Viv:
“[Coming back at the start of training camp] is what we are shooting for,” Williams told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday after a workout.
Williams is jogging and doing a variety of drills. On Tuesday, he completed a full basketball workout for the first time since he tore the ACL on Jan. 18 against the Nets, just 39 games into last season.
As the Hawks reshape their roster — now through free agency — a healthy Williams is important. He is one of the few returning players from last season’s playoff team. The Hawks are using a roster that includes Al Horford and Williams as part of their pitch to free agents.
According to Viv, LouWill is doing different training exercises six days a week to get back to a high level of play. I’m excited to see how his rehab goes, as I’m sure we’ll be getting more updates from both him on Twitter and Instagram (he’s a great follow), along with CViv at the AJC.
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