Report: Derrick White passed 1st concussion test, needed 4 stitches to close cut over left eye after fall vs. Australia
San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Derrick White tripped and fell face forward during Team USA’s loss to Australia.
According to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News, White passed his first concussion test and suffered no damage to his teeth.
The Spurs guard, though, did need four stitches to close a cut over his left eye.
A source close to Derrick White said the #Spurs guard passed his first concussion test and suffered no damage to his teeth after last night's nasty spill in Team USA's loss to Australia. The source also confirmed White needed 4 stitches to close a cut over his left eye.
— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) August 24, 2019
Derrick White has made the 12-man USA roster which travel to China for the FIBA World Cup after Los Angeles Lakers small forward Kyle Kuzma withdrew because of an ankle injury. Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich will keep a close eye on White.
White was promoted from the Select Team to the Senior Team after turning heads left and right at Team USA camp in Las Vegas. Last season for the Spurs, White averaged 9.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting 47.9 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free-throw line.
During the 2019 playoffs, where the Spurs lost to the Denver Nuggets in the first-round in seven games, White took his game to another level and showed he’s going to be an elite two-way player in the NBA very soon. The 25-year-old, who was the 29th overall pick in the 2017 draft, put up 15.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
White scored an impressive 36 points in Game 3 against the Nuggets while shooting an incredible 15-of-21 from the floor. The Spurs can’t wait to see their young backcourt of White and Dejounte Murray take the floor together next season, but are first hoping White doesn’t get injured again for Team USA.