As we've already heard, this weekend Eric Devendorf went down with an ankle injury, potentially ending his season in New Zealand and ruining the high hopes of the Wellington Saints season.
Devendorf entered the New Zealand National Basketball League and immediately took it by storm. In fact, he was so dominant that some coaches were at a loss as to how to play against him. 0800 Easy LPG Hawks (seriously, that's their team name - Josh Pace also happens to be on this team) coach Shawn Dennis wrote a post on his blog last month asking, "IS DEVENDORFF THE BEST IMPORT TO GRACE OUR SHORES IN RECENT YEARS?"
But I have to say that Devendorff has been the standout in my mind. There hasn't been a person average so many points (he is currently averaging 31) in my time here, but add to that the fact he is also averaging in excess of 5 assists a game and he is proving to be quite a hand full for opposition teams.
And his worries proved accurate as Devo plucked the Hawks for 36 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and no turnovers early this month.
Now, here's where things get fishy. If you delve further into that blog post, in addition to the extra "F" that Coach Dennis insists is part of Devendorf's last name, he speculates on a few ways one might be able to contain the star:
Other than taking a sledge hammer to his knees how do you contend with a player of this ability. He is a one man wrecking crew. Obviously you are not going to be able to defend him one on one so it will take a team effort and a lot of energy to stop him. The Hawks have a crack at him over the next couple of weeks and maybe we can find an answer.
"Have a crack at him," "one man wrecking crew," "sledge hammer to his knees." Supposedly Devendorf's injury occurred on the court with numerous witnesses, but I'm starting to wonder if this isn't just an elaborate cover up for some foul play among kiwis. CSI New Zealand, where are you when we need you most?!