Joel Berry Made 'Mistake' Injuring Hand Punching Door After NBA 2K Loss

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2017

North Carolina's Joel Berry II (2) plays in an NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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North Carolina Tar Heels guard Joel Berry II discussed the incident that caused him to suffer a broken hand last month in an interview set to be released Friday.

According to GoHeels.com, Berry gave a detailed account of the situation on the Carolina Insider podcast with Jones Angell and Adam Lucas:

"It was on a Saturday hanging out with my roommates, Theo [Pinson] and John [Bumgarner]. We were playing NBA 2K. Theo and I have had past games where we played against each other and things get a little heated. It's always a friendly thing and it's about competing. Theo beat me, and I was on the way back to my room and jokingly hit the door. ... I was joking around. My pinky finger caught the door frame, and that's what did it. I'm a college student. I know it's a mistake. I own up to it. It's because I'm competitive and don't like to lose."

UNC head coach Roy Williams said Oct. 25 that Berry was expected to be out approximately four weeks, per ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman.

Williams said Berry did a "silly thing" but also praised his senior leader's competitiveness.

Last season, Berry was second on the team in scoring with 14.7 points per game, and he also put up 3.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds per contest.

He was key in UNC's national championship, scoring 22 points in the title game against Gonzaga en route to being named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player.

North Carolina has been forced to make adjustments with Berry on the shelf, as Pinson, Seventh Woods and Kenny Williams are all in the mix for minutes at point guard.

The timetable for Berry's return suggests he is likely to miss some regular-season games, including the Tar Heels' opener against Northern Iowa on Nov. 10.


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