Patrick McCaw to Vince Carter after injury: 'I know you didn't mean to harm me in any way'

Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw suffered a scary injury on Saturday that left him writhing on the court in pain and eventually taken from the arena on a stretcher to a hospital where he reportedly regained feeling in a leg that had become numb.

The injury occurred when McCaw was undercut on a layup by Sacramento Kings forward Vince Carter and landed awkwardly on his tailbone. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was initially angry with Carter and pleaded with an official for a flagrant foul and that Carter should know better.

After the situation cooled off and concern for McCaw’s health took over, Kerr and McCaw’s teammates expressed to the media that they did not believe Carter’s play was dirty or malicious. Carter apologized to Warriors players and told reporters “I don’t play the game that way.”

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SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 31: Patrick McCaw #0 of the Golden State Warriors lands heavily after being fouled by Vince Carter #15 of the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on March 31, 2018 in Sacramento, California. McCaw was stretchered from the court after the incident. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 31: Patrick McCaw #0 of the Golden State Warriors rolls on the floor injured after being fouled by Vince Carter #15 of the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on March 31, 2018 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 31: Patrick McCaw #0 of the Golden State Warriors is attended to by team medical staff after being fouled by Vince Carter #15 of the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on March 31, 2018 in Sacramento, California. McCaw was stretchered from the court after the incident. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 31: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors looks on as teammate Patrick McCaw #0 is stretchered from the court during the third quarter of their game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on March 31, 2018 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 31: Patrick McCaw #0 of the Golden State Warriors lands heavily after being fouled by Vince Carter #15 of the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on March 31, 2018 in Sacramento, California. McCaw was stretchered from the court after the incident. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 31: Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings players come together to pray for Patrick McCaw #0 of the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter after McCaw was taken off the court on a stretcher during the game at Golden 1 Center on March 31, 2018 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Mar 31, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw (0) is carted off the court in a stretcher after suffering an injury against the Sacramento Kings in the third quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 31, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) reacts after Warriors guard Patrick McCaw (not pictured) is carted off the court on a stretcher following an apparent injury against the Sacramento Kings in the third quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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On Sunday, Yahoo’s Shams Charania reported that McCaw’s MRI came back clean and that he was released from the hospital with no timetable for a return.

On Monday, McCaw reached out on Twitter for the first time since the injury with an upbeat message and an olive branch for Carter.

Carter has a sterling reputation as an NBA veteran and no history of dirty play. While his play Saturday may have been reckless, there’s no reason to assume that it was anything but accidental.

After a frightening moment on Saturday, it’s great news that McCaw appears to have escaped serious injury and is on his way to recovery. It’s also encouraging that he’s willing to join his teammates in putting the incident with Carter to bed.

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