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Chuck Landon: Never a dull moment with Kane

Jan. 01, 2013 @ 12:19 AM

It was vintage DeAndre Kane.

While Marshall head basketball coach Tom Herrion spoke with the media before practice Monday afternoon, Kane stood at the east foul line in the Henderson Center shooting free throws.

Swish. Swish. Swish. Swish.

The Herd's injured star guard made four consecutive foul shots that hit nothing but net.

Sound like a godsend considering Kane actually has missed more free throws (37) than he has made (33) this season on the way to a miserable .471 free-throw percentage?

Of course.

That goes for Kane and Marshall basketball fans alike.

But wait. There's more. There always is with Kane's personal soap opera, "As The Roundball Turns."

Besides the eye-popping foul-shooting, there was Kane's attire. I mean, he wasn't exactly wearing practice gear. Instead, he had on jeans, casual shoes and a black Polo down-filled jacket that was zipped up.

That understandably added to the degree of difficulty. As did the cast on his right forearm and right side of his broken right hand. His shooting hand, I might add.

So, how did Kane shoot foul shots?

How else?

Left-handed.

His form was perfect. The rotation on his shots was perfect. The result was perfect.

Swish. Swish. Swish. Swish.

"Did you see that?" asked Kane with a big grin. "Four in a row."

I think he's onto something.

Oh, sure, shooting most of his field goal attempts right-handed and, then, shooting foul shots with his left hand seems a bit bizarre.

But, remember, this is Kane we're discussing.

And, admittedly, the flamboyant and at times irrepressible junior guard does indeed dribble to the beat of a different drummer.

So, it actually makes some sort of convoluted sense in a "Bizarro World" sort of way.

Hey, what's he got to lose?

Remember, Kane is 33-for-70 at the foul line this season with such memorable efforts as 3-for-14 and 3-for-9.

Now, onto a more pressing question.

After missing games against the University of Cincinnati, Savannah State and University of Kentucky, how soon will Kane return to action for the Herd?

"Soon, I hope," he said. "I'm getting ready to go to the doctor's office. They're going to take the cast off."

The subsequent X-ray will determine the time frame. But it can't come soon enough for Kane.

"I wanted to practice today," he said. "But coach wouldn't wait for me."

So, Kane made his doctor visit while the Herd practiced without him. ... again. It's beginning to be a jump ball over who actually needs him to come back the soonest -- the team or Kane himself?

I call it a draw.

Team-wise, the Herd badly needs Kane to reprise his role on the wing as Marshall's shooting guard. And from a personal stand-point, the junior badly needs to be back on the hardwood because it defines who he is as a person.

But that will require a doctor's release and a padded piece of plastic to protect the top of the right side of Kane's hand.

Don't look for that to happen this week.

Marshall will play its fourth consecutive game without Kane when its hosts Delaware State at 7 p.m., Wednesday, in the Henderson Center. Odds are Kane also will miss the Herd's game against nearby rival Ohio University at 2 p.m., Saturday, in Athens, Ohio.

A more realistic return for Kane would be next Monday as Marshall prepares for its Conference USA opener against Tulsa on Jan. 9.

But that's merely an, ahem, left-handed guess.

Chuck Landon is a sports columnist for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2827 or clandon@herald-dispatch.com.

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