Some accidents put extra than simply basketball into perspective for an expert athlete.

Patrick McCaw, the free-agent guard who formally signed with the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night time, is aware of that higher than most.

Patrick McCaw speaks with the media ahead of his debut with the Toronto Raptors on Friday. “It’s exciting I’ve gotten this opportunity and I’m ready to get to work.”
Patrick McCaw speaks with the media forward of his debut with the Toronto Raptors on Friday. “It’s thrilling I’ve gotten this chance and I’m able to get to work.”  (Vaughn Ridley / Getty Pictures)

The 23-year-old former Golden State Warrior suffered a very scary bone bruise when he was undercut by Vince Carter in a recreation in opposition to the Sacramento Kings final April. McCaw landed onerous on his again and was stretchered off the courtroom.

It was the fast aftermath of the autumn that haunted McCaw — he misplaced sensation in his legs and initially feared the worst.

“It put the whole lot into perspective about basketball, about life generally,” McCaw informed reporters at his introductory scrum earlier than the Raptors hosted the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. “Wanting again on it, it was one of many scariest moments of my life. Issues could possibly be quite a bit completely different for me proper now. I’m simply so appreciative that issues went the proper manner for me.”

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Now, he’s engaged on placing that second behind him, the identical manner he’s making an attempt to maneuver on from an agent contract saga earlier this season that left him in limbo till final week, when the Cleveland Cavaliers signed him to a suggestion sheet the Warriors didn’t match. The Cavs waived McCaw after simply three video games, his solely three outings of the season, making him an unrestricted free agent.

McCaw mentioned has no onerous emotions towards the Warriors, the place he spent his first two seasons and received two championships.

“It was only a private resolution for me to maneuver on,” McCaw mentioned. “I liked my time there. The group, coaches, gamers all helped me develop and develop as a younger man coming in at 21 years outdated to the NBA. There was no higher state of affairs for me to be taught and develop. It’s no dangerous blood, it’s nothing however love for Golden State and what they did for me.”

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McCaw centered on creating his total recreation whereas he was understanding alone: passing, playmaking, ball dealing with and capturing. The Raptors reached out to him after he was waived by Cleveland and McCaw mentioned he didn’t think about going wherever else.

“The previous couple weeks have simply been everywhere, but it surely’s thrilling as a result of I do know I’m again working, I do know I’m again getting the chance that I really feel I deserve,” he mentioned.

McCaw was out there to play in opposition to Brooklyn on Friday, however he and coach Nick Nurse had but to debate what sort of function he would have.

“Hopefully he can house and assault and deal with the ball and defend,” Nurse mentioned.

“These are issues he’s supposed to have the ability to do. Fairly fascinating defender. I feel he sees the sport fairly nicely from what I’ve watched film-wise. He’s just a little little bit of a risk-taker defensively, however that’s OK, we like that. So we’ll simply see. We’ll throw him in there, play the one, two, three, wherever he suits in.”

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After months watching from the skin, McCaw, who has averaged 3.9 factors and 1.four rebounds in 131 profession video games, is simply pleased to be again within the combine.

“It’s thrilling,” he mentioned. “Simply to be again within the circulate of the NBA, no matter if it’s a day, if it’s a yr, like simply being again in that ambiance, round coaches and gamers who know the sport and might help you develop. That’s all I’ve been ready for the previous couple months.

“It’s thrilling I’ve gotten this chance and I’m able to get to work.”

Laura Armstrong is a sports activities reporter based mostly in Toronto. Comply with her on Twitter: @lauraarmy

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