Title: OG Anunoby’s brief foray with goggles is a fashion story of what could have been
Date: October 22, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about OG Anunoby’s brief experiment wearing goggles to help protect a bruised orbital.
Initially spotting up in the right corner, OG Anunoby lifted out to the elbow in a switch of positions with Fred VanVleet while Boston’s defenders had their backs turned. Serge Ibaka delivered the pass and Anunoby let go without hesitation, knocking down the open three. As the Celtics called timeout to regroup, the broadcast zoomed in on Anunoby calmly walking back to the bench, the goggles he’d been forced to wear for Friday’s game doing his shooting no harm.
A game prior, Anunoby had suffered a bruised right orbital bone in an awkward play involving Jordan Clarkson of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game mostly in hand in the fourth quarter when the injury occurred, Anunoby sat out the remainder but was back at practice the next day. Anunoby’s comfort level was not quite 100 percent, and so while he was fine to play, the Raptors remained in search of a way to get Anunoby on the floor with minimal risk of re-injury or irritation.
Enter Raptors head athletic trainer Scott McCullough, who offered up the idea of goggles in the short-term.