He sat on the sidelines for the first 115 days of the regular season, watching as his teammates beat some of the best teams in the league.
His other time was spent in the training and weight rooms, working to improve his injured left knee. He shunned every media interview request, not wanting to take the attention away from a team that was gradually making its way up the standings in the Central Division and Eastern Conference.
But with 3:39 left in Saturday's first quarter, Indiana Pacers swingman Danny Granger took his warm-up top off, adjusted the sleeve on his left arm and tightened his shorts as he made his way to scorer's table for the first time this season.
All eyes were on Granger, never mind that the Pacers were on their way to beating the Detroit Pistons 90-72 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
This night was about Granger season debut. Everything else was a sideshow.
Danny Granger has bad numbers, but good feeling in season debut for Pacers
USA Today | Feb 24