With about nine minutes remaining in the Mountaineers' 78-57 loss to Duke in the national semifinals of the NCAA tournament, Butler felt his left knee buckle as he drove to the basket. Immediately, he clutched his leg and fell to the floor. Butler's worst fears instantly ran through his mind. "I hope this isn't what I think it is," Butler told himself. "But it hurt," he said.Did I mention it was a KNEE injury? I've got to admit though, this moment took hands-on coaching to dizzying, Twilight-level highs.
After Butler lay on the court in obvious pain for a few minutes, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins walked onto the floor. After chirping at officials, Huggins leaned over his player until they were nearly nose-to-nose. Huggins appeared to wipe a tear from Butler's cheek. "I was just apologizing because I wanted to win it for him, too," Butler said.
"Don't be sorry," Huggins told him. "I love ya."
Sunday, April 04, 2010
But not last night, when an injury to West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler brought a romance novel to Sports Bars and OTB Halls everywhere.
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