Top 10 Scariest Professional and Collegiate Basketball Injuries of the 2000s
In the spirit of Halloween, I've decided to list and detail the 10 scariest basketball injuries of the millennium.
These injuries have taken place in both college and professional basketball over the past 11 plus years.
They are not supposed to be taken lightly, nor are they funny.
Some of these videos can be extremely gruesome and are not intended for those with weak stomachs.
10. Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford, while on the Bulls in 2003, suffered this scary injury.
At first glance, it looked as if Crawford had broken his neck, but the Bulls guard returned to action after sitting out only two games with what was deemed a sprained neck.
9. T.J. Ford
T.J. Ford suffered this injury in December of 2007.
Although conscious after the incident, he needed to be carried off on a stretcher.
Ford, who missed the 2004-05 season with the Milwaukee Bucks after neck surgery, returned to the Raptors' bench in early February of '08 after almost three months of recovery.
8. Tony Allen
Allen suffered a torn ACL and MCL on this playful dunk attempt following a blown whistle.
He was having arguably the best season of his career during this year, averaging 11 points, four rebounds and 1.5 steals.
Allen went through rehabilitation for about nine months before returning to action in the NBA.
7. Da’Sean Butler
Da’Sean Butler's knee injury happened while his West Virginia Mountaineers were playing the Duke Blue Devils in the 2010 NCAA Tournament Final Four.
It was a devastating loss for the team at the time, as they went on to lose the game. Butler suffered a torn ACL and a sprained MCL.
6. Evan Turner
Evan Turner suffered this back injury in December of 2009 while with the Ohio St. Buckeyes.
He broke two vertebrae and was forced to sit out for about eight weeks.
Turner was averaging 20 points and nearly 13 rebounds a game before the injury occurred.
5. Derrick Roland
Texas A&M Aggies' guard Derrick Roland broke his the tibia and fibula of his right leg on this horrific play.
Doctors reported that it would be about six to seven months before his leg would recover.
The Aggies were ranked 19th in the nation at the time of the injury, and Roland was their second leading scorer.
4. Andrew Bogut
Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut suffered a broken right hand, sprained wrist and dislocated elbow after this fastbreak dunk.
Bogut was having quite a season at the time with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks a game. He did, however, return the next year for the 2010-11 season.
3. Allan Ray
On this gruesome play in the 2006 Big East Tournament, Allan Ray of the Villanova Wildcats had his eye poked out of its socket.
He claimed that he lost vision for a period of time following the accident.
Amazingly, Ray was able to return to action nearly a week later.
2. Uruguay Basketball Official
This basketball boxing match took place in Uruguay in 2006.
The player was banned from playing in the league, and the ref suffered life-threatening injuries at the time.
As you'll find out in the video, the ref was unconscious for three hours and had to undergo emergency surgery to save the sight in his left eye.
1. Shaun Livingston
This horrific injury was suffered by Shaun Livingston in February of 2007 while with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Livingston tore his ACL, PCL and lateral meniscus, sprained his MCL and dislocated his patella and tibia femoral joint.
It was one of the worst knee injuries in the history of recorded sports. He was sidelined by the injury for the first three seasons of his NBA career, and still has been unable to fully recover.
Livingston drew comparisons to Magic Johnson for his size and playmaking skills, although he never had the opportunity to live up to those expectations.