October 13, 2009
The fifth-year veteran injured himself when the exercise ball he was using to work out popped before team practice on Friday.
Before the injury occurred, the 195-pound Garcia was lying on his back doing dumbbell presses with 90-pound weights in each hand, according to teammates.
Kings spokesman Darrin May said Garcia will spend eight weeks in a cast and is expected to miss at least four months of action. The would-have-been starting small forward averaged 12.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season.
But back to the culprit: Sam Amick of The Sacramento Bee reports that the exercise balls have been removed from the weight room, "with no word yet whether a sacrificial burning of the rubber menaces is yet to come."
An unlucky break? Definitely. But let's try and look at the brighter side of things. Like it or not, injuries happen in sports, and while 'Cisco's is no laughing matter, occasionally, something happens to an athlete that's so strange, so out of the ordinary it's, well, tough not to laugh.
So with that said, here's a list of some of the wackiest NBA player injuries I could remember:
1. Kevin Johnson, Phoenix Suns — After nailing a game-winning basket in 1993, Johnson was mobbed by his teammates. Unfortunately for him, his team at that time included Charles Barkley, who greeted K.J. with a monster bear hug. Barkley squeezed him like a tube of toothpaste and clasped so hard that Johnson's shoulder popped and dislocated. He missed a good two weeks of action.
2. Drew Gooden(notes), Orlando Magic — Gooden was once hospitalized due to an infected leg hair follicle, even though he tried to convince people it was spider bite. The injury broke Gooden's streak of 83 consecutive appearances while he was with the Magic, and treatment included a direct connection to antibiotics through an intravenous drip. After three days, the staph bacteria gave up.
3. Lionel Simmons, Sacramento Kings — Yup. Those poor Sactown fans have been through this before. Kings rookie Lionel Simmons missed two games during the 1991 season when he developed tendonitis in his right wrist from playing too many video games, primarily the Nintendo Game Boy.
4. Derrick Rose(notes), Chicago Bulls — Last season, the talented Bulls rookie missed a practice or two after he needed 10 stitches to close a gash on his arm suffered when he said he rolled onto a knife while eating an apple in bed. "It was a silly incident," Rose said at the time. "I was cutting up some food and I laid on a knife getting lazy in bed. I went to go get a bottle of water, came back, forgot the knife was there, then sat down and sliced my arm."
5. Muggsy Bogues, Toronto Raptors — During the 1999-00 season lil' Muggsy was benched for the second half of a game because he accidentally inhaled muscle ointment at half time. Muggsy had trouble breathing and complained of light-headedness.
6. Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns — I guess what goes around comes around, Chuck. "The Round Mound of Rebound" was once placed on the injured list during the 1994-95 season with a burned cornea. Apparently the lights at an Eric Clapton concert he attended were too bright causing him to rub his eyes. So what? Well, the ph balance of his hand-lotion was more than his eyes could take.
7. Moochie Norris, Seattle Sonics — Before a Suns-Sonics game in 1999, Seattle placed guard Moochie Norris on the injured list because of insomnia. Norris has said he has slept no more than two hours a night since his mother died in 1990, which, now that I think about it, is not that funny. Sorry, Mooch. I hope you're sleeping better.
UPDATE: I can't believe I forgot this one: Last September, Warriors guard Monta Ellis(notes) tore the deltoid ligament in his ankle and sustained a high-ankle sprain thanks to a "low-speed" moped accident.
Know of any other insane NBA injuries that aren't on the list? Sound off below.