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David Lee’s Elbow Injury Was Even Worse Than We Thought

Remember how David Lee's elbow connected with Wilson Chandler's tooth when the Warriors visited the Garden last month? And how a portion of Chandler's tooth remained in Lee's arm after the collision, and how Lee would undergo surgery to clean out the infection and miss the next eight games? Apparently, it could have been even worse.

Explains Lee to radio station KNBR in San Francisco:

This injury went from something that I thought was going to be a two-day situation to all of a sudden they were saying we might have to cut your triceps muscle and you're never going to play again to you're fine. It was a very scary situation, and I learned how serious infection can be.

Cut your triceps muscle? Apparently, it was a possibility:

It got to the point where they said if we can't find the right antibiotics to counter the bacteria that you're going to have to start getting things cut out of your arm, and you may never have the same arm to play basketball again. My left arm was my shooting arm.

That thing we said at the time, about how his return to New York was successful, what with the season-high 28 points, the video tribute, and the Warriors victory? We should probably take that back.

David Lee's Career Was In Jeopardy During Latest Injury [Sports Radio Interviews]

Photo: Frank Franklin II/AP