SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gerald Henderson’s left-hip pain was intolerable to remain on the court.
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.”
So the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder finished with six points on 3-for-9 shooting in 25 minutes, 13 seconds.
He said soreness and stiffness are a result from his having two surgeries in that hip. Henderson initially had surgery to repair a torn labrum in the hip in May 2011 while with the Charlotte Bobcats. His second surgery in July 2015 was debridement arthroscopy surgery.
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.”
He has been playing with a good amount of soreness every game. On Monday, he was experiencing pain and tightness that made things unbearable.
Henderson is the Sixers' second free-agent acquisition dealing with pain.
Point guard Jerryd Bayless had season-ending, left-wrist surgery on Dec. 15. He also played in three games as a result.