The University of North Carolina Men’s Basketball Team is going to be down one of its guards for the next four weeks. What happened to the point guard who helped carry his team to win the 2017 National Championship earlier this year? While it wasn’t immediately clear what had led to his injury, it has now come to light that he broke his hand over a video game. After losing in a video game to fellow Tarheel Theo Pinson, Joel Berry II apparently hit a door in his anger and suffered a broken bone in his right hand.
While Joel Berry II was able to average 14 points per game and 3 assists as well during last year’s March Madness tournament, his broken hand is going to keep him from the game he loves for awhile. He should have time to rethink his play in last year’s tournament. Even though he was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, he can always spend his downtime thinking about how he can improve on his play from 2016, when North Carolina lost to Villanova in the National Championship.
A broken hand is the not the end of the world for basketball players and they can still practice dribbling and shooting with their opposite hand during their recovery phase. It’s unlikely Joel Berry II will have to undergo surgery for his injury which would have likely kept him out even longer. What’s more, the college basketball season doesn’t officially begin for another three weeks when North Carolina will begin its season against Northern Iowa.
While Joel Berry II will be disheartened he cannot play in the season opener, he should be back to play after missing just a few games as long as his hand heals properly. Perhaps he has learned a lesson about controlling his anger to protect his bones from getting broken unnecessarily.