In case you missed it, he had his skull fractured in a pre-Christmas NBDL practice scrap with ostensible teammate Awvee Storey. Mike McGraw reports that the big young Bull--who doctors said would not be able to speak for two months--is already speaking and hearing fairly well. At one point it seemed his career was over, but how he declares he'll be back possibly as soon as this season:
“I was thinking, ‘What am I going to do now?’ But then I just realized that basketball is the only thing I’m doing in my life,” Andriuskevicius said Monday at the Berto Center.
“So it doesn’t matter how bad it’s going to be or even if I’m not going to heal totally, I’m still going to play basketball. The only thing I’m really enjoying in my life is basketball, so I’m not going to finish.”
Here's his description of what happened:
“I was coming from the other side trying to get an offensive rebound,” Andriuskevicius said. “He hit me in the neck with an elbow. I was mad. He was like, ‘I didn’t do nothing.’
“We started an argument. I didn’t say anything really bad, but I was yelling. I think I was ready to turn my head and leave, then bam. I don’t remember much. From the minute when we started arguing, I just woke up in the hospital.”
It wasn’t the punch that caused the damage, Andiuskevicius said. But he was knocked unconscious and his head struck the floor violently when he fell. While in the hospital, he told Bismarck, N.D., police that he would not press charges against Storey.
“I’m not pressing charges,” Andriuskevicius said. “I’m just going to leave it like this: This is a sport, and things like this will happen. This was more unlucky.”
Andriuskevicius said he hasn’t heard from Storey since the incident and doesn’t want to talk to him.
Wait, he still hasn't heard from Awvee Storey? Could that be true? Roman Modrowski reported a while ago:
''Awvee's a terrific kid,'' said his Chicago-based agent Mark Bartelstein. ''They had an altercation in practice, and it's really unfortunate.
''I know Awvee feels terrible about it. It wasn't a situation where he just attacked the kid.''
Mr. Storey--seriously, if your agent is right that you are a "terrific" person you are going to have to get on this pronto. I don't care if he doesn't want to hear from you. I don't care if your lawyers tell you not to admit guilt in what could be a nasty lawsuit. You intentionally punched him. He fractured his skull. His career nearly ended. See to it he knows you are deeply, deeply sorry.
Yes, I realize this is a bad time to be Awvee Storey--the PR and the suspension could hurt your chances big time. But suck it up. If you can't manage "terrific," at least be halfway decent. Send a fruit basket, call his cell phone, hire one of those skywriting planes--whatever it takes--but make sure that kid knows you are deeply sorry and nothing like this will ever happen again. Do it because it's the right thing to do.
And if you did quietly, without alerting the media? I take it all back and salute you.