Coach Crean and Maurice Creek Talk About Creek's Injury
Oct. 12, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University men's basketball head coach Tom Crean and junior guard Maurice Creek met with members of the media on Wednesday (Oct. 12) to talk about Creek's recent injury to his Achilles tendon.
Below is a transcript of what they had to say:
Tom Crean talking about Maurice Creek:
"There are some things I know and some things I don't know. But I don't know of anyone that has had to deal with that at his age with all that he has as a player and a person at this level. Without question, we are extremely proud of the way he handles it. When you see the outpouring that we have received in the office for him and that has come across and that he and his mother have been able to receive. I think that speaks volumes about how caring people are and about the Hoosier Nation.
"I said it on Twitter, that I hope he gets an incredible ovation on Saturday night as I hope all of these guys do. There is a level that he has had to live under since his injury as a freshman and I think he would be the first to admit that there is no such thing as fair. The thing that I am the most proud of with him is that he know that God has a plan, and there is no way that God gives people things that they cannot deal with. We don't understand it but it's not our place to understand it. But I am really proud of him and everything that he goes through. I am proud of his teammates and the support that they give him. I am proud of the support that Hoosier Nation gives him.
"What he is dealing with today is one thing, but I have a strong feeling that he is going to come back in a big way because I have seen how his maturity and toughness have come to serve him through these first couple injuries. And I think they will do it again."
Indiana guard Maurice Creek
"It was just a slip and a fall, a fall on a stair. I took a stair wrong and as I was coming down on my left foot and the back of my foot just snapped. There was nothing I could do about it, it was just a freak accident. I wish I could rewind time and get back exactly what happened but it happened. Like I said, I just have to take it one day at a time."
On whether he could tell it was bad as soon as it happened:
On where the strength comes from to handle this situation:
On what keeps him from asking "why me?"
On being prepared to handle this injury after going through the first two:
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