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Sorry to tell you this but playoff injuries not due to schedule

May 1, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

Rose injury

Derrick Rose rips up his ACL on a non-contact play. Hours later, the Knicks’ Iman Shumpert tears his ACL on another non-contact play.

Two major injuries that happen just after a lockout-induced, compressed NBA schedule where a lot of guy missed games… kind of thing that makes you draw connections in your head.

Don’t. They are unrelated.

NBA Commissioner David Stern got testy when asked about it in Indianapolis Monday, reports Shaun Powell at’s Hangtime Blog.

“What ve’re trying to do is get facts and so we asked doctors. Derrick Rose actually missed 27 games. But far be it for me to ask (the basketball pundits) to have some facts to support anything. It’s really shocking to me. I searched (ESPN’s NBA show) for a fact. All we got were opinions. I think we’ve averaged about five ACLs a year. Over this past weekend we had two. We’re not looking to average it out, believe me. Facts would be good, though. Information will free you. And I wish our broadcasters would use it.”

Our nature as human beings is to try and draw connections in our head — we don’t want to think bad things “just happen.” We don’t like random, we want a reason. We want someone to blame.

So when two guys go down with ACL injuries within hours of each other, we want to blame something. When normally sturdy Dwight Howard has a back injury, we want to blame something. We want to draw connections.

Here’s the fact — ACL tears are not an overuse injuries. Every time you run and jump you do not move closer to an ACL injury. Here is what a doctor told the Associated Press.

“There is no evidence that wear and tear, or that kind of issue, playing too much, really has any correlation with ACL injuries in any sport that we’ve ever studied,” Dr. David Altchek from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York said Sunday.

But the compressed season has made guys tired and…

“In fact, I think if you’re tired, you’re a lot less likely to tear your ACL because you’re not going to be as explosive,” said Altchek, who has operated on players such as Josh Howard, David West and Purdue’s Robbie Hummel, and been a consultant for the NBA.

Injuries were not up in the NBA this season. Games missed were up because the sprained ankle that kept a guy out five days meant he missed three or four games instead of two, but the number of injuries were not up.

Stop blaming Tom Thibodeau for Rose. Sometimes things just happen. Sorry, but it’s the truth.

  1. jeffw - May 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    I blame the media… and Jodie Foster.

    • hojo20 - May 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      Mr Hinckley, is that you?

  2. williegault - May 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Blame Canada!

  3. tcgators1 - May 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    As a bulls fan, if anyone thinks roses injury WASN’T because of wear and tear of the season you clearly haven’t watched the nba this season/seen the 7 injuries (no exaggeration) that derricks had

    • schlom - May 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      Exactly! Who are you going to believe, a fan who’s watched countless games or some doctor who has probably never played the game?

  4. trueballs - May 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Yeah, I don’t blame Thibs for that. Chicago was so careful with Rose this season. It’s tough to get back to MVP level after missing almost half the season.

    I’d be concerned about Deng going forward. He plays the most minutes in the league and is equally vital to Chicago in the playoffs…he’s a top 5 wing defender in a league where all the best teams (LAL, MIA, OKC, SAS, MEM) have perimeter threats.

  5. dirtyjerseysports - May 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Yeah if you believe this I have a bridge to sell ya!

  6. emaimo80 - May 1, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    I blame Gregg Williams

  7. broomehandle - May 1, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Too blame Tom is just stupid, freak injuries happen, and for all the fans ripping him for having Rose on the floor with over a minute and up 12, ITS THE PLAYOFFS regardless in any game anything can happen in over a minute. Case and point Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks, when Knicks were up and Reggie Miller scored 8 points in 16 seconds to tie it up anyone remember that. Thats why in the playoffs you keep your best players on the floor unless your up 25 plus.

  8. mat9844 - May 1, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    He’s the Commisioner –What’s he gonna say? Sorry we worked the piss out of these guys to the point they got injured?

  9. thomaskouns - May 1, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    NBA players love excuses.

  10. deadwoodcity - May 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    So that is the official company statement, didn’t expect anything different. Great research, lots of time and effort put into this comprensive, scientific report, sarcasm.

  11. rajbais - May 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    I agree!!!

    Injuries happen all the time!!!

    Plus, we heard no weight-gain stories like how we did with Shawn Kemp and Vin Baker in 1999!!!! And these players were going to be out of shape????

  12. steelerfanforlife - May 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    66 games in 120 some days! Come on, tell me injuries have nothing to do with that?! These guys got no chance to rest their bodies, I’m not saying Rose’s injuries were absolutely due to the condensed scheduling but you just can’t matter of factly say it had nothing to do with that. He missed 6 games in the previous 2 years combined…really no correlation at all? I’m not so sure…

    • moseskkim - May 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      66 games had nothing to do with rose though.. He only played 39. So what 15 games in a condensed schedule caused him all these injuries? I don’t think so.

      • southbeachtalent - May 1, 2012 at 4:49 PM

        Exactly moseskkim. Rose was off for half the season.

        Another minor detail… Every player went through the season, only a handful got hurt. Sounds like any other season to me.

        Crank that excuse machine….

  13. barbeaux - May 1, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Certainly. Stuff never wears out the more you use it.

  14. glink123 - May 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Sounds like pre-season is just a complete waste of time then, since clearly lack of conditioning and being in shape have absolutely nothing to do with injury potential.

  15. sabatimus - May 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    David Stern searching ESPN for a FACT? He’s clearly unfamiliar with the network, or didn’t truly want a fact in the first place.

  16. sabatimus - May 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    I also stick with my original belief: this post-lockout shortened season should have been canceled.

  17. dedalus13 - May 1, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Mmmh it’s fun to see that some people question Stern’s sources of stats but don’t offer others that would prove otherwise…

    Also, these guys are hitting the wood every single day for hours, no matter compressed season or not. Again, it seems that the dense schedule was more correlated with the level of play.

  18. canehouse - May 1, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    either way it’s a real shame for any player get hurt… especially someone as gifted as Rose.

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