> The NBA’s Broken Bones and Broken Dreams
The NBA’s Broken Bones and Broken Dreams
In the last 24 hours, multiple NBA players have suffered injury. In the case of Denver’s own, Chauncey Billups it appears to be season-ending at least, but hopefully not worse. Time will tell. Let’s all hope his recent performance for the Clippers versus the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center will not be the last game we remember.
The NBA’s decision to “compress” 66 games into an already tight time schedule, without appropriate training, both physical and mental and without in my opinion regard for the safety and health of it’s PRIMARY assets… the players, was foolish. Perhaps more than foolish it showed clear lack of concern for players.
Unfortunately it is too late to turn back the clock. Players saw each game as a paycheck… already badly needed by many. You may laugh at the idea that they needed a paycheck, but many players support, fully support several families. They had no choice but to play the schedule called. After all, there were Fans to support, TV ratings and arenas to fill.
However, it has become very clear that even a well maintained human body can only take so much. Multiple back to back to back with little travel time and even less recovery time quickly takes its toll.
The result? Cracked bones, torn tendons, riding the bench… and broken dreams.
Thanks NBA. You got YOUR win. Good for you. Everything else? Well that doesn’t matter to the NBA. They know they will continue to have season after financially successful season. New players are already lined up to join and play hard and work the schedule they are assigned… and cross their fingers that they will not be one of the players to go down hard and ”take one for the NBA”.