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Kaman calls NBA concussion protocol a bunch of “crap”

Feb 5, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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Dallas Chris Kaman is out with a concussion, one suffered in practice after a hard fall where his head hit the floor.

Kaman doesn’t get to decide when he can come back. Neither do the Mavericks or their team doctors. Under the NBA’s new concussion protocol instituted last year, Kaman has to pass a mental test after a level of physical exertion that shows he is all the way back.

Or, as Kaman sees it, a bunch of crap. That is what he told the Dallas Morning News:

“I got to take it tomorrow,” he said (of the concussion test). “It’s the stupidest test ever. For so many years in the NBA, they never had to do that stuff and now they come up with all that concussion protocol crap. It’s not cool, but it is cool, I guess. It keeps people safe. I just try to do the right things and wait until I can pass the test.”

Why the tests? Well, Kaman’s next statement explains it.

“I’m still having a little headache,” he said. “Hopefully, it’ll progress, I’ll take that test, pass it and hopefully be able to play sooner or later. I’m tired of sitting around. I’d rather be playing, but at the same time I understand there’s a proper way to do things medically to keep people safe.”

Players want to play. They will lie to coaches to do so and coaches are happy to be lied to if they get a player back. Team doctors are paid by the team, not the players, so you can decide where their interests lie.

So the NBA set up a system where players take a baseline test before the season then after a concussion need to get back to near that baseline before a league neurologist lets them back on the court. It’s not in the players hands, not in the team’s hands, it’s a decision made by a neutral third party.

Which is how it should be. That’s how you keep players safe.

  1. lyndseymarieee - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    They never used to have to do that stuff because doctors are just now realizing how dangerous a concussion can be if left untreated.

    • saint1997 - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:06 AM

      pfff, they never used to say stop smoking it will give you cancer. Why start all that crap now?

  2. skinsfanwill - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    All they gotta do is act stupid as hell before the season starts and they will pass the concussion test every time later on. Doctors might even start researching why players are getting smarter after a concussion….LOL

  3. zacksdad - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    So basically he does not want to take a mental test. Is he worried he may not pass it even without the concussion? And if the NBA did not do this, years later he would sue stating they were not there protecting him.

    So maybe he should let the people that can pass the test decide what is best for him.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      The test is not like an IQ test, its to measure response times and things like that. It sets a baseline when you take it in camp, then you have to meet that after a concussion.

      • badintent - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        Then make the test required for all our bloggerettes too. Most will fail. LOL !

  4. BigBeachBall - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Old school

    • katra2logic - Feb 5, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Never went to school…

  5. daddyghi - Feb 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    if kaman was a chic, he’ll be a good example of a dumb blonde.

  6. drago2012 - Feb 5, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    From his quotes he appears to contradict himself not once but twice. He really did have some brain damage after all !!!! I just don’t know why they keep interviewing these dumb ass basketball players as if they were rocket scientists. In real world Kaman would be hard pressed to get a job at Jewel to bag groceries.

  7. jcrileyesq - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    kaman just proved he still has a concussion

  8. abchome - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I think Kaman just wants to make a charity donation (money fined by the league go to charity).

  9. abchome - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I think Kaman just wants to make a charity donation (money fined by the league goes to charity).

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