Bobcat And Blue Devil, Gerald Henderson: “It Was An Intentional Foul…But Never Meant For That Outcome”

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The Drive Wednesday 2-8-12-Taylor and Marc talk with the former Blue Devil about the Tobacco Road Rivalry, they ask him about infamous elbow 5 years ago in the Smith Center, his favorite memories about the rivalry, and we get his thoughts on how Duke can win tonight.

Henderson is working his way back to healthy for the Bobcats, hoping to make it back on the court in the next few weeks.  He has high hopes that the Bobcats are starting to turn around their dismal season, but knows injuries have been a source of many Bobcats problems.

“I don’t know if it can get any worse…believe it or not, I feel like we are getting better.  Our last two games we’ve given a better effort…our biggest thing is, we’ve come across so many injuries so early on…when we get our guys back healthy, hopefully things will turn around for us.”

Another team with a potential uphill battle tonight is Henderson’s alma mater, Duke.  He hopes his Blue Devils can pull out a win tonight, but remembers fondly the intense rivalry between the two ACC schools.

“Anybody who lives in the North Carolina area knows how big this game is tonight…[I remember most] the intensity of the game…before I went to Duke, I had been to a couple of Carolina games at Duke and saw how much it means not only to the fans but to the players.  They pick up their game so much for this particular game at both arenas and it is a pretty special game…now that I’m past it and I’m a pro, you miss it…you don’t really see games like that, especially in the regular season, at the pro level.”

A very memorable game for Henderson was the 2007 Duke/Carolina game.  He remembers it now not for the outcome of the game, but for his now infamous foul, the elbow jab that cost Tyler Hansborough a broken nose in the final seconds of the game.  Unfortunately for Henderson, not only did that foul sour him for UNC fans everywhere, but also still caused Duke to lose.

“It was one of those things where I was going to foul him, so yes, it was an intentional foul, but the outcome was not what I intended it to be…you never make a play to try and intentionally harm them…you do what you need to make a foul to prevent them from scoring.”




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