Andy and Leo Rautins
I don't think the Knicks brass are too happy with Leo Rautins after reading this. Via Toronto Sun (QMI Agency)
ZMIR, Turkey -- It's not carved in stone, but the likelihood is Andy Rautins has played his final basketball game at the 2010 world championship.
A knee injury that got aggravated Sunday in a loss to Lithuania kept Rautins in street clothes for Tuesday's game with France. Head coach and Andy's father, Leo Rautins said Tuesday night his son was probably done for the duration.
"The pain is too restrictive and he's got a high threshold," the senior Rautins said. "He has played through a lot of (crap)."
Worse from Leo's perspective, he feels he probably asked a little too much of his son.
" I feel like I compromised that father/son relationship (on Sunday)," Rautins said. "I know him so well. Put it this way. If it were any of my other players, I might not have played him when I did.
"Because I know him, I figured I could see things and know where to draw the line and I think I crossed that line, which I would never cross with any of the other guys because, obviously, I don't intimately know them. The one advantage I have with Andy is that I do, but I think I crossed that line. It's just not worth it."
Even without Rautins in the lineup, the Canadians came within seconds of knocking off France, but there's no doubt his presence will be missed on the floor the remaining two games if, indeed, he is done.