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NBA teams should be thankful for health

November 22, 2012
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Every year on Thanksgiving people share what they’re most thankful for in their lives. For NBA teams, it should be any good health they might have. The past year has been extremely busy for team doctors and trainers.

We all remember last season, when a crammed schedule following the Lockout caused a record number of injuries across the league. This season, though back to a routine NBA calendar, the injury bug hasn’t gone away.

The Eastern Conference currently features two ”contenders” who have yet to see their leading scorers play a single game. The Philadelphia 76ers (Andrew Bynum) & Indiana Pacers (Danny Granger) are just hoping their stars will play at all this season.

The Chicago Bulls, too, know all about losing franchise players to knee injuries. Derrick Rose will likely be out of the lineup past the All-Star break. Carlos Boozer better be careful around dufflebags this holiday.

In New York, the great start by the Knicks has masked the fact that All-Star Amare Stoudemire went down in the preseason with a bone bruise, which turned cyst, which may turn to…who knows what else. STAT’s knee is scarier than Halloween. As big as this injury is, the loss of Iman Shumpert during the playoffs to a torn knee is still hurting Mike Woodson’s crew. The team’s best perimeter defender likely won’t be showing off that new flat-top on the court till January.

The Washington Wizards, meanwhile, have been missing John Wall with a stress fracture since Media Day. Point guards usually emerge in their 3rd year (i.e.- CP3, D-Rose) and establish their identity. Wall likely won’t get this chance till January. The good news in Washington is that Nene is back from planta fasciitis (for now)…..the bad news? they have the league’s worst record at 0-10.

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost star PG Kyrie Irving to a fractured finger this week. The play of ’Uncle Drew’ had been one of the bright spots of the season so far. One more injury on this team (my $ is on Varejao) and Byron Scott can kiss the playoffs goodbye. Rookie Dion Waiters is good, but not that good.

The Western Conference hasn’t had much better luck…..

The Dallas Mavericks are a far cry from their 2011 championship run, and so is Dirk Nowitzki. The German couldn’t play more than one preseason game without his knee swelling up like a grapefruit. Dirk hasn’t played a game this season and may even need knee surgery, eventually.

The Minnesota Timberwolves saw Kevin Love play his first game last night after a hand injury in the preseason. It’s not all rosey, though, for Rick Adelman…sensation Ricky Rubio is out till probably February and Brandon Roy has joined him. Both backcourt talents are dealing with knee injuries.

The Los Angeles Clipper may just have the deepest team 1-10, and that’s not counting veterans Chauncey Billups (achilles) and Grant Hill (knee). These two former All-Stars have yet to play a game this season. If we see either of these 30-somethings by Christmas it’ll be a real holiday miracle.

Down the hall, the Lakers have only had a game and a half this season with former MVP Steve Nash. Since when does a knee to the leg at halfcourt cause you to break a your fibula? ‘Father Time’ is having a field day with Steve this season. Dwight Howard, meanwhile, is still visibly not 100% recovered from his back surgery. Superman has looked very Clark Kent this season, especially at Sacramento this week (taking only 4 shots). It’s fitting that the Lakers replaced Mike Brown with Mike D’Antoni, a guy who’s recovering from knee surgery himself.

The way the NBA is headed lately, I’m surprised David Stern isn’t walking around on crutches too.

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6 Responses to NBA teams should be thankful for health

  1. PictureMeBallin on November 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Pau Gasol is due for an ankle sprain at least. Can you sprain an ankle while throwing a lob pass to D-12???

    • Martin Knezevic on November 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Speaking of dishing, I can see Pau moonlighting as a waiter…and slipping on spilled paeja.
      -Knez

    • Randhawa on March 27, 2013 at 5:25 am

      Anon.:It’s 90 miles from Sacto to Oakland. Say you’re heading to a Thursday night game bewteen the Warriors and Lakers (or Seattle SonicKings!). If you think you can leave at 6 pm to make a 7 pm game you’re flipping insane. That’s a minimum 2-hour drive with traffic, unless it’s either Sat. or Sun. night, and even then it’s still at least 1 1/2 hours to get there. (Trust me, I lived in that area in the late 90s, and there’s always traffic).Look at it this way – if you want to see NBA basketball and you live in Sacto if/when the Kings leave, you’re looking at 4 hours in your car. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that pretty much what it takes to drive to Portland and back from Seattle?If you want to have the NBA back in Seattle, that’s fine, go ahead and take the Kings. Just don’t lie about how it’s not a big deal to people in Sacramento. It’s going to suck for them just as bad as it sucks for us.

  2. Huttman on November 23, 2012 at 11:41 am

    This is interesting!

  3. Pineapple! on November 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I’ll be thankful when KG retires..

    • Rizz on March 29, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      I understand why pepole would be hesitant to move a team from another city to Seattle, which is why if there was a team to “steal” let it be the Grizzlies. They’ve moved once before and are always on the brink of moving. The only way Seattle would get a team is through relocation. With the NBA’s financial problems an expansion team is out of the question. Not sure why pepole would criticize Ballmer for using his cash for a Sonics team and saying that it could be used for greater good. You have to look at his investment as a stimulus to the local economy. And it’s not likely he’ll spend 1.3 billion on a team alone (that’s ridiculous), only a fraction of that would go towards the Sonics. That’s not including partnerships from other local buyers. He should talk to Paul Allen to see how he worked the Seahawks’ deal with Qwest.

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