Aristotle once said, “The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace…”
Having never known him [personally], it is not clear [to me] whether Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King is the “ideal man” or not.
However, in light of recent events, King has shown himself to demonstrate a great deal of class and grace.
Friday night, Atlanta Hawks guard Lou Williams left in the first half against Brooklyn with an apparent knee injury. It occurred during a fast break, as he drove towards the basket.
The game, which was the second consecutive game between the two teams and the first half of a back-to-back for the Hawks, ended in a five-point victory for the visiting Nets.
An MRI early Saturday afternoon confirmed that Williams tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.
Williams was third on the Hawks in scoring, assists and rebounds.
Atlanta GM Danny Ferry had this to say:
We are extremely disappointed for Lou and our thoughts and support will be with him during his recovery. He has been a complete professional in every sense of the word and know that approach, along with his work ethic, will serve him well in his rehabilitation.”
The Hawks will have to rely on Devin Harris and rookie John Jenkins to help fill the void left by the loss of their third best player.
As sad as it is to see anyone go down with an injury, it is encouraging to know that there are classy individuals—such as King—out there.