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Stern says number of injuries not up this season. He’s right.

Feb 26, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

David Stern AP

If it feels to you like more guys are missing games due to injuries this season, you are right.

But don’t confuse that with there being more injuries, and don’t blame the injuries on the lockout.

NBA Commissioner David Stern was asked about injures this season at his Saturday press conference and he has looked at the data the league has tracked.

“I must say, I’ve looked at it recently, and I would say that the number of injuries, as we get it from the reports of the trainers and the discussion with the doctors, is about the same as the same period last year,” Stern said. “The number of games lost is up slightly because teams are being smarter in their own ways, and competitively, by perhaps keeping a player out of a game that might have been an off day in past years.”

Basically, when your guy rolls an ankle and is out a week, he used to miss two or three games, but with the condensed schedule he misses four or five. The injury didn’t change, the time to heal didn’t change, only the schedule did.

We told you this before the season — the lockout did not increase injuries in the NFL, it was just a convenient excuse. Same here. There are not more injuries, guys are just missing more games.

  1. zblott - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    So are fans supposed to be happy that injuries themselves aren’t up, just the amount of games missed by players? Well that helps a lot Stern, now I see that your nonsensical schedule isn’t actually hurting anyone…just fans who would like to see players who are now injured for 5 games instead of 2 or 3. It’s clear to everyone, and not refuted at all by his comments, that this type of schedule is causing fans to see less of their favorite players.

    I know everyone calls him one of the best commissioners ever in terms of increasing global revenue and popularity of the sport, but when it comes to the product itself, there’s a reason we end up with this type of crap while the NBA says it’s all a success and nothing wrong here. You let in unethical investment owners who don’t care about the sport as anything more than a revenue vehicle, and you get a really bad season that requires Stern’s typical double-talk.

  2. goforthanddie - Feb 26, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Howsabout someone ask him “What about the sh!tty level of play this year?” Ask him about shoving as many games as possible into a small space, so as to maximize profits and minimize quality.

    • jtk1985 - Feb 26, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      goforthanddle you ignore the fact that the players wanted as many games as possible to maximize their profits as well. They get a percentage based on the number of games played.

      • goforthanddie - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:19 PM

        I’m not ignoring anything. The players don’t make the schedule, Herr Stern’s people do. The fact that players make more with more games played is purely coincidental, do you think Stern gave a damn what they wanted after the holdout?

  3. havlicekstoletheball - Feb 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    The lousy level of play is the Commissioner’s and the owners’ faults?

    Aren’t the players the ones who tell the owners and Commissioner constantly that THEY are the performers, and not the owners? If they are, why can’t they perform?

    With an AVERAGE salary of $100,000 per WEEK, could not the NBA players have kept themselves in game shape despite the “lockout”? It isn’t like they need an off-season job washing cars. The average gym membership cost nationwide is about $800/yr. They make $14,500 a day, every day, 365 days a year, on average. They could probably afford it.

    And they could learn to shoot free throws while they’re at it.

    The lousy play this year, and it is lousy, is entirely the fault of the players.

    • michflaguy - Feb 26, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      As the saying goes…don’t hate the player, hate the game. You need to get over the whole money thing….they are professional athletes and make millions of dollars for playing a game. Move on.

      • havlicekstoletheball - Feb 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM

        It’s okay to hate the player, when he makes more in a week than I do in a year, and he can’t make a free throw or has never learned to pass out of a double team after seven or eight years in the league. They’re supposed to be able to do those things, and others, to help their teams win. That is why they get the “money thing”.

        You get better at those things with hard work. If you don’t work hard, you don’t get better. If the quality of the play stinks, it is because of the players. Period.

  4. michflaguy - Feb 26, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Too bad Stern didn’t have the same concern when he *completely* screwed up the Western conference by meddling in a trade that would have helped three teams. He is now officially the worst commissioner in sports.

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