Just days after surgery, Buddy Hield was ready to dance
With his right hand, he bounced a racquetball. With his left, Buddy Hield dribbled the basketball.
Just days after his foot surgery to repair his broken fifth metatarsal, Hield was back making noise.
Oklahoma’s freshman guard may be out of games and contact in practice for the next “four to six weeks,” but Hield sat on a bike using only his left leg to pedal and later in a chair shooting baskets.
“So what will you do these next four weeks?” the media asked the freshman from Freeport, Bahamas.
“You mean three weeks,” Hield responded.
“You’re already counting this week?” the media member asked.
“Oh, I’m going to be back quicker than y’all think,” Hield said smiling.
That wasn’t Hield’s only response that showed the freshman’s constant positive outlook. Take for instance when he crutched over to the three reporters waiting to talk to him.
“You getting used to those yet?”
Hield “No, I’m trying to get like y’all. Y’all are on two feet.”
Then he refused to sit down while he did his first interview since breaking his foot.
“How do you feel?”
Hield: “I feel good. … Just a minor setback. Buddy will come back soon though.”
He tried to come back just seconds after the break occurred during the TCU game when he followed the play by hopping the court after it.
Although he doesn’t remember the break happening, he does remembering hopping on his left foot across the hardwood.
“I wasn’t going to give up,” Hield said. “Every time (Oklahoma athletics trainer Alex Brown) told me to sit down, I told him I was going to walk it off. He said, ‘Coach, don’t let him back in.’ Then I sat down because I knew Coach wouldn’t let me back in.”
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