January 27, 2009
Sloan doesn't let pain keep him off court
Foot problems are one of the worst things that can happen to an athlete in sports, especially a sport like basketball where a player is constantly cutting back and forth and running hard. It's even tougher for a point guard who is usually the quickest, most agile player on the court for most teams.
That's why the fact Texas A&M junior point guard Donald Sloan has been playing despite massive blisters on his feet brought on by new orthotics in his shoes is such an impressive feat. Most players, no matter the level, don't tough out that type of pain. For Sloan, however, just grinned and bared it.
"Honestly they weren't affecting my shots, but I do think they were affecting my speed and my cuts. The past couple of days they have been feeling fine, so hopefully nothing else happens," Sloan said. "They are feeling a lot better than they have been having blisters and sharp pains. It's was just a lot of nagging stuff, but they're a lot better now."
"I saw one and yeah they're pretty bad, but he's a tough dude and just fights through it," added teammate Josh Carter.
Sloan has been in pain since the Christmas break when his old orthotics wore out. Since he got the new pair, the blisters have been present. But he kept mum on the subject with only the trainer knowing about his pain.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Sloan would sneak into the trainer's room to get his blisters taken care of before and after practices and games. If it wasn't for the trainer telling him, A&M head coach Mark Turgeon would never had known.
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