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Mike Brown says injuries to Rose, Shumpert a product of the shortened season

Apr 29, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

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Derrick Rose of the Bulls and Iman Shumpert of the Knicks both suffered season-ending knee injuries on the opening day of the playoffs Saturday, and Lakers head coach Mike Brown believes the compressed schedule that players faced in this lockout-shortened season may have had something to do with it.

Speaking before his team was set to open the playoffs on Sunday against the Nuggets at Staples Center, Brown was asked about the injuries, and whether or not they might have been a product of this season.

“I believe, but it’s nothing medical or anything like that,” he said. “I have nowhere near the knowledge where I probably even shouldn’t be making the statement. But yeah, I think so. A shortened season, a lot of games in a short amount of time, your body changes and stuff like that, you never know. I’ve just seen a lot of injuries this whole year, and I think it probably has to do with playing a lot of games in a short amount of time.”

It’s certainly an interesting topic for discussion. If players truly have been breaking down more due to the wear and tear placed on their bodies by the amount of games they’ve played — without the necessary recovery time — then the argument can be made that the league put its own product at risk by forcing so many games into such a short period of time.

In the case of Rose’s knee injury, that one might be easier to blame on his body having to overcompensate for the ankle injury he’s battled all season. Anytime you have a foot or leg injury, the body is going to adjust to try not to aggravate it further, and in doing so will put an undue amount of stress on the other muscles, ligaments, or joints.

It wasn’t the shoes that caused Rose’s injury, and it wasn’t the fact that he was on the floor with his team up by double digits with just over a minute remaining, either. Brown absolved Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau of any wrongdoing in keeping his star out there to close the game out.

“You’re trying to win and there was a minute and a half I think, a minute and 10 seconds left up 12, anything can happen in a short amount of time,” Brown said. “I’ve been around a few incidents where the tide has changed in less than 10 seconds, so there is a paranoia that coaches I think have. I thought what (Thibodeau) did was the right thing.”

  1. cosanostra71 - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Brown also has nowhere near the knowledge about basketball where he probably even shouldn’t be making statements about it.

    • tsi431 - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:13 AM

      Although I am not a Mike Brown fan, he does have 15 years of NBA coaching experience, (7 as a head coach) NBA coach of the year in 2009. More then enough knowledge about basketball.

      I believe, you sir, are the one lacking in knowledge.

      • cosanostra71 - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        eh, I’m just venting my frustrations of going from the greatest coaching of all time to average coaching.. It was too easy of a joke to make. I will say he did a good job guiding the team through the Kobe injury, and they looked very nice yesterday.

  2. savvybynature - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Rose barely played at all this year, so how does the shortened season play in?

    Schumpert’s not even a high minutes guy. I think it was just two unfortunate, freak plays that happened to happen on the same day, which happened to be the opening day of the playoffs.

  3. mat9844 - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    I think he’s 100% right on.

  4. minnesota32 - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Freak injuries like this happen randomly, it had nothing to do with a shortened season!

  5. deiong - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    rose didnt play much at all at the end of the season he had tons of time to relax, and the other guy wasnt heavy minute bound so while that could have been a valid agument, it could be just a random thing..

    i know ive joked its the shoes alot lately, but have you tried his shoes? there so light because they lack the shock support. the same shoes designed to be “lighter” gave him ankle issues last post season also…

    try the shoes on and play basketball hard, and tell me how your ankle feels or shins , knees, from all the hard shock going to your ankle and shin and on up because they sacraficed support for the “lightest shoe” concept.

    adidas used to make decent bball shoes, not so much anymore.,

    was it the shoe, i think it’s more valid then a compressed season, had rose been healthier it could have been a valid argment, but hes been on his but for so long ..

    look at loul dang who is the work horse of the nba, i know he has issues with his wrist, but he has been heavy minute laden and God forbid it happens to him, but the argument of compressed season works more for guys like him, rose has had a lot of rest time lately. almost to much…

    • gu5tav0ca5tr0 - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      hey man, just to point out some things on the shoe topic: i understand your point of view since a couple of years ago i also believed in cushioning tech and the marvels of nikelabs etc. yeah, so much of what’s sold is amazing, and has equally amazing fancy names, but, have you seen the latest developments on barefoot running? there is a vast amount of evidence on the harm that cushioning does to our biomechanical machine…any thing that you add to the foot changes it’s natural movement and behaviour of the connecting bones, tendons and muscles, just think of all the sensorial input we neglect when when we lace up those bad boys.

      Look up this site:
      and this other one:

      Grab any pair of you favorite brand and measure the height from the heel to the ground and from the toe cap to the ground…done? now askyourself, is this natural? why in hell do we need heel elevation? also…take a look at the toe design and measure the toe room of any shoe…have you seen how does a unrestricted foot spreads the toes?

      Basketball is a collection of many natural movements but their many times exerted on a unbalanced and weak human spring…these athlethes train too hard overcharge that spring and put an unnatural amount of stress on joints, tendons and muscles; the healthier, looser, flexible and strong you are, the less you’ll see this type of injuries happen to you…

      My advice? start using chucks, at least a size or half size what you normally use, alternate with barefoot walking, flat sandals, vibrams, that for a month, and then try any kind of traditional running or basketball shoes and see how you feel…man, i’ve done it, and i’m telling you, you’ll feel like an astronaut and not in a good way.

  6. dedalus13 - Apr 29, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Well it s certainly not an interesting discussion now. It has been discussed all the damn shortened season long. And refuted. Injured players missed more games because of the compact schedule, but were not injured more frequently. The “product” was put at risk because of the shitty level of play implied by the tight schedule, not because of injuries.

    Could you please make an article about the playoffs?
    Or if you want to blabber about shoes and shoes designer about the real work which is conducted between them and players? I m sure this is a process. That would be interesting. The last time I heard about it was Kobe going for a low-cut shoe (it was the season he injured his ankle by the way…). Because by now we don’t know if that overnight-famous guy in Beavertown has a point or not.

  7. bullysix - Apr 29, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    There have been so many injuries this season an abnormal amount of injuries to players who have not shown injuries before.

    Playing 66 games in 123 days would certainly enhance the body for possible injuries.

  8. rexismybff - Apr 29, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    It’s not too many games. It’s the weird little skip-hop-twist-jump move he made which was completely unnecessary since the 76ers were giving him an open lane.

    Dude needs to check himself – no need to be acting like some kind of hyperactive kangaroo on the court.

    • florida727 - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      With all due respect, it’s that “little skip-hop-twist-jump move” that made him the NBA’s MVP last season. It’s his signature move, one he’s been known for and has perfected over the course of his career. Not like it was a freak move he’d never tried before. Obviously you don’t watch the Bulls much.

      • rexismybff - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM

        @florida727 – I just watched his “top 10 plays of 2012” on youtube – the guy doesn’t do that once. He’s got a little hop move, but most guys try to elevate a bit.

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