After freak injury, former Suns guard Isaiah Canaan confident he'll be ready for camp

Jun 29, 2018 | by Clevis Murray, Arizona Republic

Six seconds remained in the first quarter against the Mavericks, and Isaiah Canaan of the Suns was using his speed to beat the buzzer by going the length of the court. The defense began to suck into the paint with 4.1 seconds left.

Life is all about decisions, and Canaan could either pass to Troy Daniels in the left corner, who used both arms to signal he was open, or could go up against the bigger defenders and hope for a foul. The guard chose the latter and got what he wanted from Wesley Matthews with 2.9 seconds on the clock.

As Canaan’s body followed the rules of gravity and returned to the court, his left foot turned in an unnatural way, and on that Jan. 31 night, his career changed as he suffered a fractured ankle.

“I don’t wish that injury, especially this type of injury on no one,” Canaan said last week.

Canaan's injury was violent and memorable, causing players and fans to turn away. With just about everyone at Talking Stick Resort Arena in shock, one of the first people to reach Caanan was Jared Dudley.

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