Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
Austin Hatch held a quite remarkable press conference today, speaking publicly for the first time since surviving his second plane crash in the summer of 2011. A Fort Wayne TV station posted a report with video from the press conference (video embedded in a reply), and there's also a report from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (from which I took the thread title):
"Aside from the physical trauma that I suffered in the accident and recovered from that, the emotional pain will never fully subside," said Hatch, whose news conference was streamed live.
"Dealing with the loss of my best friend and coach and teacher and No. 1 fan in Dr. Stephen Hatch, who was also my father," Hatch said, "he was an incredible man and taught me everything I know. The things I learned from him are the work ethic needed to succeed, determination … those traits I acquired from him are the ones that saved my life."
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His uncle, coach and Hatch himself confirmed Hatch still is not ready to return to the court competitively.
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Hatch recently signed a letter of intent to Michigan, but was unsure what his role with the team would be, whether as a manager or a practice player.
But Wolverines coach John Beilein still honored the scholarship.
"He expects me to be a part of Michigan basketball, whether on the court or off," Hatch said.
Morris has played in all 12 games this season, logging 16.1 minutes per game. He signed a four-year deal with the Sixers this offseason, according to ShamSports, but there wasn't a guarantee date for any of his seasons. The Sixers were free to waive him at any time and it only guaranteed him $200,000 of his reported $4.2 million salary. The Sixers could use the roster space to acquire players in a trade or possibly call up players from the NBDL.
From the Michigan Basketball Twitter. He will probably play limited minutes since he is coming off an injury, but I am looking forward to finally getting a chance to see him play.
The game is tonight at 8 pm eastern time if anyone was planning to watch.
Bball team ran into Steve O this morning at the airport. Just posting a positive thread. Go Blue!