Just as it would be beneficial to speak fluent Spanish on a Major League Baseball beat, I’m beginning to think a medical degree might be helpful to covering any sport, this Michigan State basketball team included.
Of course, at that point, a career in medicine might be beneficial your salary, lifestyle and lifespan.
Minus either of those skills, here’s the latest on MSU’s medical issues, Branden Dawson’s left knee and Gary Harris’ right shoulder, per coach Tom Izzo from this afternoon.
“He has been evaluated a little more now.Â Nothing seems to be, it was just a tweak and a scare.Â A tweak and a scare for him. When I looked in his face I thought it was a lot more than that, thatâ€™s for sure.
“He is a tough enough kid.Â There seems to be nothing, nothing mechanical, nothing wrong in any way shape or form.Â He came back in and didnâ€™t play quit the same, but didnâ€™t show any limping of any way.Â I talked with him this morning and he said, ‘It feels pretty good now, no really any problems.’”
On what the doctors are saying about Harris:
“In fact itâ€™s really a lot more positive. His strength is good. I donâ€™t understand this all. But thereâ€™s going to be some sloppiness in your shoulder when you pop it out, where you have some movement. But it all comes down to the strength. And I guess when he first did his left (shoulder) he couldnâ€™t put this (recorder) on it and raise it two inches. But his strength has been really good even when he does it. So he hasnâ€™t lost his strength and I think thatâ€™s a big key to everything.
“And last week he had no issues in the game. He had no issues. At Iowa he had an issue, but I mean from practice and the last game, he had no issues. Theyâ€™re just continuously trying to get everything around it stronger. But thereâ€™s been no talk (of shutting him down), and Iâ€™ve talked to some different coaches and guys that played through it. Itâ€™s just playing through it and getting the confidence with what youâ€™re doing and playing 35 minutes a game like heâ€™s playing are the hard parts.”