Cleveland Cavaliers' point guard Mark Price says the knee injury which he suffered won't deter him in the future from diving after balls and hustling down the court.
"I have no second thoughts about what I did at all," Price told The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer in an interview published today."If the play was to happen over again, I would do the same thing. I don't know of any other way to play. If I didn't play the way I play, I probably would never have made it into this league."
Price suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee when he crashed into the scorer's table Nov. 30 in Atlanta diving for a ball going out of bounds.
Price, who underwent two hours of surgery one week ago, is sidelined for one year.
"The irony in all this is that I have spent most of my career being knocked around by 250-pounders, and it is a scorer's table that takes me out."
Price, released from the Cleveland Clinic Hospital on Friday, said he had no idea initially that the injury was serious.
"I was shocked more than anything when (team physicians John Bergfeld and Robert Dimeff) told me what it was," he said. "I had no idea it was that bad. For several days later, it was depressing to even think about it. I felt like I was having my best all-around season."
Price was averaging 16.9 points, 10.4 assists, 2.63 steals and shooting 47.9 percent from the field. The Cavaliers are 1-3 since his injury and host the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night.
Price said he has thought about whether the injury would curtail the quickness that helps him get loose for his jump shot.
"But right now, I'm not going to worry about it," said Price, who walks with the aid of crutches and whose knee is in a hinged brace. "There are no guarantees about what kind of player I will be when I come back."