Davis Bertans nearly gave up basketball following terrible accident

    San Antonio Spurs forward Davis Bertans (42) shoots (11) against Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Friday, April 7, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    San Antonio Spurs’ Davis Bertans makes it look easy when he is on the court for the Silver and Black knocking down three-point shots.

    But there is something fans may not know about this sharpshooter from Latvia.

    In an article from Yahoo Sports, when Bertans was 13-years old, he had a terrible accident involving a buzz saw which chopped of half of his right middle finger.

    Bertans had surgery following the accident and days after, his dad commented that basketball may not be in his son's future and Bertans initially agreed.

    “In the days after surgery, Davis recalls, his dad told him basketball was over. When he returned to a court a month later and initially struggled, he apparently concurred. You know what, I’m going to go play soccer or something, he’d grumble in frustration.”

    However, for Bertans, losing a finger wasn't going to let his hoop dreams die.

    “I was just lucky I lost only that finger."
    “I would’ve probably switched to the left hand if I had to.”

    Bertans is now in his third year with San Antonio and has been a key contributor off the bench for the Spurs.

    In 62 games this season he is shooting 46.2-percent from beyond the three-point line despite playing with just nine fingers.

    He also is throwing down big time dunks as well with just four finger!


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