In the game that night—Nov. 19—he fell hard and sprained his right wrist. Six days later he dislocated the middle finger of his left hand. The injuries caused him to miss three games and have affected his shooting since, causing his scoring average to drop from 27.9 to 21.5.
There has been no talk about increasing his salary, but he figures that will come. He will prove things the way he always has proved things, game by game and day by day.
"You could always sit out," someone suggests. "That is not a tactic that would be new to this league. Players do it all the time."
"Michael Adams does not sit out," Michael Adams says, rejecting even the thought. "Michael Adams would never sit out."
The image does not change. He is on the court now, and he just ain't leaving.