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Marshall’s season-ending injury included broken elbow

May 25, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

Kendall Marshall AP

When UNC point guard Kendall Marshall was injured in an NCAA tournament game against Creighton in March, a fractured wrist was listed as the official reason for his tragically curtailed sophomore season. Now, in an interview with the IMG Academy basketball blog, Marshall has revealed that his injury was more extensive than originally believed.

“My wrist is almost 100 percent,” he told the blog. “What people didn’t know is that I also fractured my elbow. That’s been the toughest thing for me to deal with, still not being able to go full contact. Hopefully, I’ll be ready to go by the Combine.”

As impressive as Marshall’s tolerance for physical pain has been, his ability to face emotional torment — in the form of internet heckling — may be even more impressive.

In season, I get anywhere from 15-25 Tweets per day of just pure recklessness. Keeping it PG, it’s stuff like “You suck” and “You can’t shoot.” Now, it’s “You’re overrated” and “You’re not going to get drafted high.” Even some Carolina fans come at me sideways now because I left school early. Maybe one every couple days I’ll give them a sarcastic response. You have to be able to laugh because these people don’t understand that you’re human and not on a pedestal.

It’s hard to feel too bad for Marshall on that score. His @kbutter5 account has been one of the most-followed accounts of any college hoops star, in large part because his quick wit and real talk are so much more interesting than the usual “Eating pizza tonight”-type messages.

  1. imforbigblue - May 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Who cares he will be a life time back up in the NBA and end up playing for 6 different teams and be forgot about

  2. seanb20124 - May 26, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Hope he succeeds in everything he does.

  3. seanb20124 - May 26, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Hope he succeeds in everything he does.

  4. blenheimbard - May 26, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Hope he makes a complete recovery and has a successful career.

    Note to “imforbigblue” we are not going to have every great player at UK, and we can respect the talent of those we compete against. And even if, and that is a big if, you are right about his future, you and I (and millions of others) would gladly accept that level of talent and success. You could well be describing the future of “Jorts” in the NBA, do you want to put him down too?
    Grow up and learn to respect those deserving respect, even when they play for another team.
    A Cat fan in Canada (UK ’68)
    P.S. If you are going to ignore my advice (likely) change your log in name, it just embarasses the rest of the BBN.

  5. imforbigblue - May 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    This coming from a guy from Canada when I’m from Kentucky. Never said I hated him or wished bad on him but he’s a UNC player and I hate UNC and dUKe. I watched him play he’s a good player but not great and not half as good as they make him out to be

  6. fanz928 - May 27, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Haters everywhere

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