Page 2-Wednesday, November 30, 1977-The Michigan Daily
Hub's unfortunate knee injury
needs rest, then rehabilitation
The Michigan Daily.-Wednesday, November
By RICK MADDOCK "I anticipate Phil is going to have
Phil Hubbard, that slinky 6-7 full recovery since his injury did not
center for the Michigan cagers, seem to show to be that serious,"
never missed a starting assignment O'Connor said.
in his first two years as a Wolverine. Hubbard's leg was placed in a cast,
Now he may miss an entire season, and according to O'Connor the leg
thanks to an injured left knee. will come out of the cast in mid-
The knee was operated on October December, six weeks after the
26 by team physician Dr. Gerald operation.
O'Connor. He said the knee suffered "After he comes out of the cast, he
torn cartilage and some stretching of will be put on a graduated rehabilita-
a ligament. tion program," O'Connor said. "It's
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the normal rehabilitation program
that we have for all knee injuries,
including those for basketball and
Nobody will speculate when Hub-
bard will be able to play. It's too
early to say, as it depends on the
healing and rehabilitation processes.
The general feeling around the
Michigan basketball camp is that
w they're not going to rush anything.
For now, the cagers are not planning
on having Hub back this season.
THIS IS Hubbard's first serious
injury, and the consensus is the start
of the injury came in late August
over in Sophia, Bulgaria at the World
"We were playing the Russians. I
came down with a rebound and two
dudes were on my back. There was a
whole lot of pressure on my left leg,"
Hubbard said. "I fell and then got up
and hobbled off the court. They didn't
even have any ice around (at the
game), so it swelled up later that
night until we got some ice.
"They checked it the next day and
said there was a lot of swelling and
there could be cartilage damage, but
they couldn't tell. I had it checked
when I got back from overseas, but
they couldn't find anything wrong,"
Back in the United States, reports
came over about the fight between
the Americans and the Cubans in the
game on the following day. Many
reports mistakenly said Hubbard
was hurt in the skirmish.
"We didn't know what the hell was
going on, said assistant coach Bill
Frieder. "He got injured the night
before against the Russians. The
papers wrote it all wrong. They said
he was in the fight with the Cubans.
He wasn't even there."
THE FIRST Michigan practice
was on October 17. Hub had practiced
for about 15 minutes, when he came
down after a rebound and gave a yell.
Then he hobbled off the court, and
moments later he exited to the locker
"It felt all right (going into prac-
tice). I just came down on it and it
started hurting," Hubbard said. "It
was different (than the pain he felt in
Bulgaria). It just felt different, a
O'Connor said they testedrHub's
knee before he went into practice.
"He had nurinal stregnth going into
practice," he said. Are the two
injuries related? "It's hard to say,
but the injury in Bulgaria probably
caused the weakening of the carti-
lage," O'Connor said.
So now Hubbard, who at one time
was contemplating the leadership
role for a possible Big Ten champion-
ship team and was placed on most
pre-season All-America teams, faces
a non-basketball year.
"I get up and go. I just can't sit
around here (his apartment) and do
nothing. That's life - I got hurt. Why
should I sit around and mope?"
Front row: Senior manager Mitchell Kaufman, Marty Bodnar, Mark Lozier,
Cornell Williams, Dave Baxter, Mike McGee, Johnny Johnson, Tom Staton,
Mark Bodnar, assistant Tom Kempf, junior manager John Anderson.
Back row: Assistant coach Bill Frieder, coach Johnny Orr, Joel Thompson, Mike
Robinson, Len Lillard, Phil Hubbard, Tom Bergen, Paul Heuerman, Alan Hardy,
assistant coach Jim Boyce, assistant coach Dan Fife.
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boasts scoring punch'
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Big Ten this year, and as time goes
by he should be an All-America can-
didate. He's very, very quick and an
McGEE: "Winning depends on how
hard we work. We are working hard
so it shouldn't be a prrkm. The coaches
are working the defense into us."
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WILLIAMS: "As far as my role goes, I
don't see myself playing that much. I
see myself playing well in practice
against the other guys. Defense, that's
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America can score. You've got to play
hard to play good defense."
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been slow. We think he has great
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ROBINSON: "I'm in super shape. I've
never felt this good . . . I want to es-
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