Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  26 responses

Carl Landry Wants to Return Tonight

Most NBA guys would’ve been out for weeks with Landry’s injury. The man should clearly be playing in the NHL; he’s too hardbody for the L: “Joking that all he wants for Christmas are his ‘two front teeth,’ Carl Landry returned to practice Monday and pronounced himself fit enough to play tonight. In fact, Landry was incredulous when asked if he would go against the Los Angeles Clippers after damaging five of his teeth Friday night in a collision with Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki. ‘Why not? I’m all right,’ he said. Landry endured six hours of surgery to repair his teeth. He said two were clipped at his gum line, and he has temporary fixes. He has been relegated to eating soft foods — soup, yogurt, “healthy stuff,” he said — and is not sure when he will get back to solids. ‘It’s not going to stop me,’ Landry said. ‘It wasn’t life-threatening or anything. It was a little bit of pain. We all go through things in life where it’s kind of painful. You fall, but you get back up again, and that’s what I did.”’

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  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    Man what’s up with this guy and teeth! I don’t think the guarantee period of his previous set of tooth implants has even expired yet! Oh well. Love his gritty play.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    He must have hit Dirk’s elbow hard, man. I’ve never heard of people losing teeth playing basketball..

  • Joe A

    Caron Butler needs to relinquish the tough juice nickname to Carl Landry. It’s only right.

  • German Reignman

    he cracked his mouthpiece and his teeth … that must have been one hard hit ..

  • roman

    that is one tough dude. hurts me evertime i hear this story. dirk better get back soon.

  • http://hoopmixtape.ning.com/ Simon S.Y Lawy

    Carl the Warrior

  • RickyRude

    If you’ve seen the footage, Dirk actually still had half of tooth stuck in his elbow when he was bleeding. Crazy.

  • JoeMaMa

    Wasn’t there a guard from Oklahoma who almost lost his arm due to nerve damage from getting hit with teeth? I think Hollis Price.
    What a nasty injury. Carl’s got a big heart.

  • riggs

    the name tough juice wouldnt be suitable, tough extract feels right

  • http://agnesmines1@yahoo.com Hotlanta

    Man this happened to me a couple weeks back and i had to have root canals and bridgework on 4 of my teeth i know what he’s going through, cause im still not allowed to play for another 3 weeks.

  • http://www.teflinprague.com SAB

    this is the same guy who got SHOT and returned just a couple of weeks later, right?! dude’s ridiculous

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    hes obviously a tough cat but dont sleep on it, hes skilled too…

  • kappa

    The video of the hit is really great. After the foul he just walks towards the bench with his head up and motions that the coach will have to put in a sub. This, immediately after losing five teeth, and while his mouth is literally full of blood. Dude is a total beast.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Landry is the man!

  • RV

    boozer knocked out one tooth before, then deke knocked out the same one in practice…so he already had one false tooth…i’m with him though, he’s alright, should be playing, his teeth arent shooting any jumpers

  • giogolo

    One tough cookie.

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    He lost a tooth to deke in practice. He lost a tooth to boozer, and then came back and made the game saving block. He got shot and came back a month later. Dirk’s elbow basically exploded his face, and he’s back after one game. Carl landry = man.

  • CDef28

    Tough guy. Appreciate the heart.

  • Boogie

    Cosign riggs
    “the name tough juice wouldn’t be suitable, tough extract feels right”

    LMAO. We ain’t talkin bout SunnyD dude.

    p.s niQ “He must have hit Dirk’s elbow hard, man.”

    im pretty sure his carls face wsnt moving.. leadin me to believe that Dirks elbows hit his mouth. Or that dirk simply elbowed him in the mouth. Not huge difference, but significant i think.

  • ENDS

    loose teeth

  • jedi420

    love this guy’s game.

  • karl

    LOL I laugh every time i read about this story.. because i never picture basketball being this brutal. On ya Carl!

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Dude comes back, drops 27 for a career high. Unbelievable.

  • chintao

    Land Shark is too crazy. My personal Pantheon: Oak, X-man, Mase, Chris Childs, Ron Artest, Ben Wallace, and Carl Landry.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Career high 27 & 5 off the bench in his return on 60%+ shooting. Incredible.

  • http://www.clutchfans.com/ Blue

    Slam…we gotta get Carl Landry a name before NBA.com dubs him C-Lan or some other “cool” nickname.