Men's Basketball

    Coach Crean and Maurice Creek Talk About Creek's Injury

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    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:
    "We wanted to get him in front of you so you could hear him. It is really hard to put into context what has happened with him. But the one thing that I can put into context is that he is one tough young man. He embodies the spirit that we want this program to be about. When you look at a situation where, not only has he had one major injury and surgery, not only has he had two major injuries and surgeries, but he has now had three in less than 22 months.

    "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
    "I just want to thank my coaches and teammates for coming out here today and supporting me. This is a major part of my life where I had three major surgeries in 22 months and it has been pretty tough. I am going to take it one day at a time and one step at a time. I am still going to be here for these guys and they are still going to see my leadership and they are still going to see me communicate with the guys as if I was still playing.

    "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:
    "I thought it was just a sprain at first. As I was coming down the stairs (at my apartment), I could walk on it and everything. I really did feel like I had torn anything. I was walking on it and everything but I gave (athletic trainer Tim Garl) a call and informed him of everything. He had me come in and as I came in and went to the training room, he started to feel on it and it got pretty sore. That's how I knew something was wrong. At the time, I didn't feel as if I did anything."

    On where the strength comes from to handle this situation:
    "It's God's will. He's given me strength everyday. (My teammates) give me strength every day to fight this adversity. They are going to stick by me 100 percent and I am going to be with them 100 percent. At the end of the day, this is my family. God is part of my family. My family is part of my family. Hoosier Nation is part of my family. That is who is giving me the strength to get through these adversities."

    On what keeps him from asking "why me?"
    "It's not about me. It is about the team. It is never about me and I always look at the team first. You can never look at yourself first."

    On being prepared to handle this injury after going through the first two:
    "I think I am because I am a lot older and more mature. I have been through those injuries and been through it twice. I'm looking at it from the mindset of `it happened, it's not the end of the world and I'll be back soon.' It can't be where I put my head down, I have to take it one step at a time."


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