Price's family still without power

Price's family still without power
November 1, 2012, 10:30 am
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In the hours leading up to Tuesday night’s season opener against the Cavaliers in Cleveland, Wizards point guard A.J. Price was frantically calling and texting his family on Long Island to check on their safety.

His parents, Tony and Inga Price, who live five minutes apart in his hometown of Massapequa, N.Y., have been without power since Hurricane Sandy ravaged their town late Monday night.

His girlfriend, along with their child, were forced to evacuate from their home in Freeport, N.Y., which is also without power, and have spent the past three nights in a nearby hotel.

“There is a lot of flooding up there,” Price said. “They’ve seen water above cars and trees down, but the biggest thing is no power. A lot of people are without electricity.”

In Massapequa, where Price’s parents remained in their homes, roads are still flooded and officials say it could be another 7 to 10 days before power is restored. In Freeport, residences are anticipating their electricity will be restored on Saturday.

“It’s extremely tough, probably one of the toughest things I’ve had to deal with and not let it affect me, which is even harder,” Price said. “I had to play a game [Tuesday night] and act as if nothing was going on when the whole time I was kind of thinking about what’s going on at home.”

Like many of the Wizards, Price struggled in the 94-84 loss to the Cavs, shooting 2-for-13 for 7 points in a 29:24 of playing time.

“I don’t think it affected me once the game started,” Price said of his preoccupation with the storm, “but definitely before the game I was thinking about it.”

Price said no one in his family was injured in the storm and is hoping the damage to their homes is minimal.

“Everybody is safe and that’s the biggest thing,” he said. “Obviously, the news is going to show you the most drastic images and you get caught up worrying that everywhere is like that. But the good thing is everybody’s in good health, everybody’s safe and nobody’s in imminent danger. That’s all you can ask for.”