INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – Former Purdue Boilermaker Carl Landry has spent most of his first seven seasons in the NBA as one of the most valuable bench players in the league.
However, Landry never played in fewer games over the course of a season than he did last year with the Sacramento Kings.
“Last year was tough for me,” Landry said. Signing a deal with the Sacramento Kings was awesome. It was one of the best feelings of my life, and I wanted to do whatever I could to be prepared to help that organization, but you know things don’t always go your way.”
Landry lost a season in college to a torn ACL. Last season in the first year of a four-year $27 million deal with the Kings, he tore a hip flexor during training camp and was forced to delay his first action until mid January.
“Coming back from that was tough. Four to six months, but I did,” Landry explained. “I made it back, and was able to play 18 games. But then experienced some right knee pain, I wasn’t sure what it was.”
An MRI revealed a torn meniscus. With the team struggling, the Kings elected for Landry to undergo season ending surgery. It’s been a tough mountain to climb physically for Landry, but it’s been equally tough mentally.
“Being a competitor, you know, I’m a guy that I like to win. But one thing about me, is I hate to lose,” Landry said.
The Kings lost 54 games last season. The combination of injuries and losses forced Landry to keep his goals at the forefront. With a positive mindset, and the work ethic to improve his body everyday, Landry says he hopes that he can play another five to eight years in the NBA.
“All my life, I’ve always been the underdog,” Landry expressed. “I’ve always had to prove people wrong, and this is a great opportunity for me to show the world that at 30 years old, and after two major injuries, that you can continue to stay healthy, and play a long, long time.”
Landry wasn’t prepared to say he’s 100 percent recovered, but he did say the goal was to be there come Oct. 31. That’s when the Sacramento Kings open up the 2014-15 season.
Landry will be back in West Lafayette July 23-25 for his 6th annual youth basketball camp. For more information on his camp you can click here.