Likening it to how one might communicate utilizing “space alien hand signals,” ESPN writer Jeff Caplan provides documentary evidence how Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion’s pinkie finger is one messed up appendage. And as I mentioned above, one does not need to be well-versed in, um, bone doctoring, to notice that hoo boy, that ain’t right.
Marion does not recall exactly how his finger ended up this way this time, but adds that having fingers bent all akimbo goes with the territory and something he has dealt with for years:
“When did I first mess this up?” the Dallas Mavericks’ small forward asked himself after being asked the same question. “When I was little, maybe. I think when I was little. Yeah, when I was little, dislocated it. Maybe 9 or 10. I probably was playing basketball, or soccer or like kickball or something; dodge ball. I don’t remember. I know I was playing some kind of sport with a ball. Football. It was football, playing catch.”
Piling on the already gnarly sight, Marion proceeded to demonstrate the unnerving pliability of the oft-injured pinkie:
“It doesn’t hurt; maybe if I bend it a certain way or something [it hurts],” Marion said as he bent and pulled and squished his pinkie as if made of rubber. “I got full rotation. The doctor’s like, ‘What are you going to do?’ You look at X-rays and it’s sticking off to the left, but at the same time I’ve got full rotation. What more do you want me to do?”
Alien signal? Shawn Marion’s no hand model [ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth]