Pistons Guard Rodney Stuckey Breaks Thumb in Car Door, Will Undergo Surgery

Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterOctober 11, 2013

Apr 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey dribbles the ball up the court against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter of an NBA game. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Car doors: They’ll get you every time. 

The crunch of a heavy car door can bring a grown man to tears, wrench curses from a nun and even sideline a professional basketball player—something Detroit Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey found out for himself on Wednesday.

According to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, Stuckey caught his right thumb in the door jam of his car and X-rays have revealed a break in the bone. 

Apr 6, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey (3) looks for someone to pass to after diving for a loose ball in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Timberwolves won 107-101. Mandatory Cr

Eric Freeman of Yahoo! Sports reports that Stuckey has elected to have surgery to repair the break and will undergo a procedure on Friday, Oct. 11.

The timetable for his recovery is unclear at this point, although the surgery and corresponding rehab could cause Stuckey to miss a significant number of games in the beginning of the 2013-14 season. 

While it's not good news for Pistons fans, it’s much worse news for Stuckey. The backcourt situation in Detroit is far from crystallized, and this injury could cause the 27-year-old to miss out on an extension with Detroit at the season's end.

His absence opens up possibilities for rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Singler and returning veteran Chauncey Billups—each an interesting prospect in their own right.  Stuckey, on the other hand, could be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year should the Pistons choose not to offer a contract extension.

With that said, let this be a reminder of crappiness of car doors. They don’t always mash your hand into paste—but when they do, they make sure to do it at the worst time.


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