Sitting on the sidelines became a second home for Alexander, 27, after suffering a tibial stress reaction while playing in Russia in December 2011. The NBA No. 8 draft pick in 2008′s road to recovery seemed like an endless road meandering without a real destination. It was fraught with setbacks and frustrations.
“I was just sad, I knew it was going to be a big barrier,” said Alexander.
The first-ever Taiwanese born NBA player, Alexander believed he could return to the court someday. When however, was a completely different story.
“I was very aware throughout the whole process that this is the type of injury guys retire from, but I never really thought I was going to,” said Alexander.
Alexander referred to his rehab as “like hell” before he made his return to the hardwood.
“It wasn’t as straight-forward as get surgery and come back,” said Alexander. “I was trying to find answers as to how to fix my injury and timetables having to be extended.”