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The NBA's Continuous Injury Problem

Ryan Beltran

Posted on June 25, 2021 03:06

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Currently the NBA has been facing an ongoing problem with injuries to its players that has stretched throughout the regular season and currently during these NBA playoffs.

Over the past two weeks  top players like Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Mike Conley, James Harden have suffered serious injuries which has caused them to miss significant time during the crucial moments of the postseason.

Many people believe that the noticeable amount of injuries this season can be related to the rush to starr the current 2020-2021 NBA season back in December of last year.

Obviously this isn’t 100% and a lot of these injuries can just be really bad luck for these players, but there is an argument to be made with the evidence that has arguably been provided all season.

In the regular season  players like Kevin Durant, James Harden, and even Lebron James also missed many games which affected their abilities to play at their 100% best and their specific teams' ability to play to their full potential.

Back in November when the NBA came to conclusion on a late December start; many players and experts argued that teams needed more time to rest from the stressful restart of the 2019-2020 season back in the summer and a short transition back to the new calendar year could be a costly issue in the future.

People can make their arguments that the season had to start sooner for many reasonable reasons from economy to business arguments. Still, whether you agree with what the NBA decided, I do think that people from the top to bottom forgot about the physical health of these players. The sacrifice they had to take not just in the short term future for this season, but possibly the long term, is something that needs to be respected as well.

At times,  it seems that the NBA thinks about the possible economic and political incentives rather than thinking about improving the integrity of the game when making changes and decisions.

In general, this isn’t even about the story of this season but how the league has also been in the past.  There have always been certain sects of people who have always voiced displeasure for the usual 82 game regular season.

  They believe the physical toll of the normal season can be grueling on these players to achieve the best recovery from fatigue and take a beating on each player's bodies. Players  are playing seven to nine months of high intensity games with one to two days rest each year.

Overall, I think Commissioner Adam Silver has mostly done his absolute best in providing the fans with the best brand of basketball and improving the game to the greatest heights possible.

Regardless of the good and bad Silver has done in his tenure as Commissioner, he needs to think more about the health and wellness of the players that make up this league. Players shouldn’t be coddled to their demands but they also can’t just be expected to easily play 82 games a year plus the postseason without facing complications in achieving  their physical health and recovery.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on June 25, 2021 03:06

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