Carl Landry Gives Wrecked Houston Rockets the Jaws of Life

December 24th, 2009 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
If a gunshot wound in the right leg could not stop Carl Landry from playing again, how could anyone expect a few missing teeth to derail the Houston Rockets' trampoline-like forward?

He missed three weeks in the spring after perpetrators, perhaps mistaking him for a thug acquaintance, shot at him several times mere blocks from his near-downtown home. One of the bullets grazed his leg, just missing a critical bone.

He ran from his surprise assailants and later said he felt lucky to be alive.

Flash forward to Friday night in Dallas, when Dirk Nowitzki unintentionally tested Landry's resiliency again. When Landry fouled the former MVP on a drive to rim, Nowitzki's wayward elbow smacked him in the mouth.

He lost five teeth in the freak incident, and pieces from several of them became lodged in Nowitzki's elbow. Both players missed the rest of the contest, which the Rockets won in overtime 116-108.

Nowitzki recovered after a two-game absence and played in Tuesday night's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Landry returned to action in Tuesday's win over the L.A. Clippers and scored a team-high 27 points.

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