Gerald Henderson handled the hip pain on the basketball…

Gerald Henderson handled the hip pain on the basketball court, playing multiple seasons with severe arthritis. But he had enough of the pain that drifted into his everyday life. “My hip had deteriorated so much, it was bone on bone,” he said. “It was grinding all day whenever I wanted to move. Working out for any extended period was painful. It was just tough then going home with the family and you’re in pain, you’re just kind of on edge. Just overall, I was not in a great state of mind, and I had to make that decision, and it was the best decision for myself and my family and for my health.”

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Now, he’s ready to rejoin the NBA. He had teams willing to sign him a year ago despite the bad hip. “In terms of my hip, it’s the best it’s been in a long time,” Henderson said. “You go three or four years and you have an injury, a lot of stuff gets off balance. Overall, I’ve been able to get my body into really good shape – strength and mobility from my toes to my head. It’s been a therapeutic year.”
Had it not been for offseason hip surgery, Gerald Henderson would have been on an NBA roster this season. Now six months removed from surgery, Henderson has been cleared to play and could be a key addition for a team looking for a wing off the bench. A career 44 percent shooter from the field and 33 percent from 3, Henderson has played in 15 playoff games in his career.
Jeff Zillgitt: Gerald Henderson had surgery on his left hip today, per his agent Jim Tanner. Will start rehab next week in preparation of return to NBA.
Jorge Sierra: From Gerald Henderson's agency:
Gerald Henderson will miss the 76ers' next two games because of pain in his left hip. The Sixers are here to face the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Thursday night. Then they'll travel to Denver to face the Nuggets on Friday night at the Pepsi Center.
The 76ers shooting guard was laboring on the Golden 1 Center with 8 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in Monday night’s 102-100 setback to the Sacramento Kings. Henderson had a dialogue with Sixers coach Brett Brown, who basically came on the court to call a timeout as a way to get his veteran leader out of the game. “I’ve just been in a bit of pain, man,” Henderson said “It actually hasn’t been feeling pretty good. I just pulled myself out. I felt some other guys could do better at the time. I wasn’t moving great at all. “I was getting blown by on defense, and I really wanted to win the game. I told him to take me out.”
The Sixers don’t play again until Thursday against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. So Henderson thinks he’ll be able to play in the game. Henderson will get treatment on the hip and get some rest. He said he’ll be fine against the Jazz. “Sometimes just from playing, it just gets really sore,” Henderson said. “It’s expected. This time, it’s just really sore. So I decided to come out of the game.”
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