The Erie BayHawks haven’t played a game in a week. That’s been a good thing for D.J. Kennedy.
In last Friday night’s 109-100 win at Fort Wayne, Kennedy took a hard fall on his back on a drive to the basket with 7 minutes, 26 seconds left in the third quarter. Going up for a layup, Kennedy got fouled by JaJuan Johnson, who was trying to block the shot.
Go to the 1:32.04 mark of the replay to see the foul.
Kennedy said earlier this week he expects to play tonight at 7:30 at Canton, but said he could have played had Erie played earlier this week. Erie (1-0) will play the Charge (0-3) again in a back-to-back Saturday in its home opener.
“I would have just prepared myself to play,” Kennedy said. “I wouldn’t have known until I really got out there if I could play, but if I can’t be effective, I’m not going to risk it.”
In talking about the play, Kennedy didn’t think it was a flagrant foul. Johnson, a former star at Purdue who played for the Boston Celtics, was the top pick in the 2012 D-League Draft.
“It was just a weird landing,” Kennedy said.
But there is no doubt Kennedy is still feeling the affects of that play.
“My body is sore,” Kennedy said. “My whole left side, the side I fell on.”
Kennedy was held out of the contact parts of practice.
“He’s just a little sore,” first-year Erie coach Gene Cross said after Wednesday’s practice. “He’s getting around little gingerly, but hopefully he’ll be able to go on Friday and Saturday. When you hit the ground like that, your hip starts to hurt. Your back may hurt. Your head hurts.
“Some of it is physical. Some of it is mental. He’s fighting through it right now. I give him credit. I don’t know if I’d be able to come back from that fall he had.”
His teammates expect him to bounce back.
“It happens all the time in basketball,” BayHawks forward Mychel Thompson said. “I know he’s a little banged up, but I think he’ll be ready on Friday (today).”
If he’s not, Erie may put Kennedy on the inactive list and activate new addition Kevin Edmonds. A 6-foot, 8-inch forward, Edmonds joined the BayHawks on Wednesday. He had competed in Erie’s two open tryouts, but broke his non-shooting left hand at the tryout in Erie last month.
Erie has 48 hours from the time it acquired Edmonds to figure out if it’s going to add him to the 10-man roster, put him on the inactive list or waive him.