LONDON, Ont. — Recently, I paid a visit to the London Lightning Head Office in London, Ontario, where I sat down with current Lightning player and former Long Island University (LIU) Blackbird star Julian Boyd.
We talked about many things: basketball, life, and something that has been a recurring theme in Boyd’s basketball career, and not for the better.
The anterior cruciate ligament, more commonly referred to as the ACL.
You may have heard of players suffering from one ACL injury over their careers. This list includes the likes of Jamal Crawford, Al Harrington, Derek Rose, Baron Davis and Rajon Rondo, to name a few.
Boyd is among the long list of players who have suffered an ACL tear over their career. But, what makes Julian unique is the fact that he has torn his ACL four separate times, with the most recent incident coming in 2017.
In the interview, you will get a first-hand look at Julian’s outlook on his injuries, and the opportunities that have been made available to him through the recovery process.
He is the true definition of a dream chaser. He has not let anything stop him from playing basketball. He plans to be back on the court for the London Lightning in February of 2018, and help guide the team to a second straight NBL Canada title.
Be sure to follow Julian on Instagram (@JBoyd42) for updates on his recovery process.
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– N. Wright