Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 at 11:15 am  |  25 responses

Al Thornton Struck By Car

Michael Lee reported on Friday:

Al Thornton had a brief encounter with the woman who hit him with a car on Thursday evening. He hopped on the hood, wrapped his arms around a side to hold on, then looked at her through the windshield. Thornton had an understandable reaction when the woman told him that she didn’t see the 6-foot-8, 225 pound forward.

“I was looking directly in the window,” Thornton said. “I was like ‘You didn’t see me? What are you doing? A tall black guy walking and you didn’t see me?’ “
Thornton said he was walking from practice at George Mason’s Patriot Center, wearing his shorts and sandles, and heading up a hill toward the team hotel on campus when he saw the car approaching. It was raining, but Thornton said he assumed that she had seen him. “But she didn’t,” he said. “She was in a rush. I think she was late for class.”

Thornton said the car was traveling at about 20 miles per hour when it nicked his right knee. If the woman had been driving faster or his natural instinct to just jump out of the way hadn’t snapped in, Thornton possibly could’ve been seriously injured.

“Seriously, that could have been my career,” Thornton said. “Neither one of us got hurt, so that was a blessing.”

He didn’t miss any practice time, and he was the last player to leave the court on Saturday, shooting jumpers for nearly an hour. Since he survived unscathed, Thornton has been hearing numerous jokes from teammates and coaches.

“They was giving me a hard time,” Thornton said. Wizards assistant Randy Wittman “said, ‘Out of 20 years I’ve been coaching basketball, that’s the first time I ever heard that happening. One of my players getting hit by a car.’ “

Coach Flip Saunders said Thornton has been fine since the accident. “He’s just Superman. Jumps over cars, I guess.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2010/08/video-michael-jordans-love-of-the-game/ notblack

    HAHAHAHAHA! i mean first

  • jer dawg

    Is D.C. Still #1 in homocides in US? That would’ve honestly sucked bad! Stupid drivers

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2010/08/video-michael-jordans-love-of-the-game/ notblack

    I wonder if [Lebron] race had somthing to do wiht the womans reaction with her car..

  • yo

    ^ Excuse me?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2010/08/video-michael-jordans-love-of-the-game/ notblack

    I wonder if bron thinks race had somthing to do with the womans reaction..

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    I’ve been just as critical of Lebron as anyone, but why are you bringing that into this? With a screenname that shows you chose to make a point that are not black I could infer some things. But I wont.

  • The Philosopher

    Oh, no.

  • neaorin

    something something women drivers something

  • EJ

    I think race and gender had something to do with this.

  • hammer

    Since nuthin happened 2 horford,thank god,the story is a good chuckle. Imagining him on the hood of the car,holding on 2 the sides as if he were bruce willis or jackie chan. Ha ha!

  • JTaylor21

    I bet you that she was running from Kobe’s aggressive a**.

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    its like DRose gettin struck by lightning and not getting hurt
    thats why he’s super fast :]

  • rich

    groupie hopin to meet an nba player somehow.. if she was in a rush she wouldnt have been driving faster that 20 miles. how can u not c him hes huge. this has groupie written all over it

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Al Thornton needs to hire Lebrons, Guru and ask him how he should walk to practice next time and what shoes should be buy to jump higer and Al has to make sure he donates six figures to him and Al has to remember he doesn’t speak English. BOOK IT!!!

  • anony mous

    Clearly Flip doesn’t understand what happened… If he was superman, wouldn’t he have jumped over the car that initially hit him? I’m confused.

  • str8 from samoa

    WAT DA FUK B****?!

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    hammer is nearly as stupid as the woman driver.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    “rich” is stupider. No comments on hammer or the driver.

  • hammer

    Why thank u tarzan. I’m flattered I’m on ur mind. Keep on hatin

  • K-Nas

    Derek Fisher would have flopped

  • BMamba

    doesn’t Superman leap tall buildings in a single bound? since when does Superman jump over cars? The only guy that jumps over cars is KOBE!

  • WolfNast

    Not trying to be racist here but if it was night time and he was wearing all black he shouldn’t be walking in the street to begin with.

  • ENDS

    oh this is getting bad

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    ATTENTION: If you feel like its nesassary to preface your comment with “Not to be racist”, then your comment is definetly racist(even if your best friend is black).

  • Tupack Shackur

    Not to be racist butt