Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  23 responses

David Stern: Injuries Not Related to NBA Lockout, Compressed Schedule

With the rash of injuries to major NBA stars of late, David Stern faced the press and shot down the notion that they have anything to do with the lockout and resulting hectic game schedule. Per ESPN and NBA.com: “NBA commissioner David Stern said Monday that he doesn’t believe Derrick Rose’s ACL tear, or the other major injuries plaguing the league this season, had anything to do with a schedule condensed by a lockout. ‘I don’t think it’s related at all. Zero,’ Stern said. Some players have speculated that a season that was reduced from 82 games to 66 with one day off between the regular season and playoffs played a role. ‘When anything happens, that’s going to happen,’ Stern said of people trying to find a cause-and-effect relationship. ‘But I was just reading something from a doctor who said that he just doesn’t believe it. There’s no evidence that the wear and tear … and on Derrick it’s kind of interesting, it was horrible to watch, but he was out. He missed 27 games earlier this year, so he only played in 40 of those games that we had in this quote condensed schedule. So what’s your suggestion?’ [...] ‘What we’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 … We care deeply about the health of our players,’ Stern said.”

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    He’s an idiot if he truly believes that.

  • Lan



    All these injuries are a direct result of the season

  • Heals

    Guys it’s Scientific Fact that playing more games, in fewer days, without a proper offseason and training camp schedule, sleeping less and traveling more doesn’t increase the amount of stress put on the body…

  • timbo slice

    basketball reasons bro

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  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Well, if Stern said it, it must be true.

  • L Dribble

    The fact he had to make an announcement means he knows they are related. He could have at least admitted to the Amare injury and I would have given him points.

  • nailz

    I’m sorry but this guy needs to go. Ruined basketball. Ruined the NBA. I can’t believe there are people who think this guy does a good job. They point out how he expanded the game, cleaned up its image, and made it global. All of that is in the name of profit, not in the name of making the game better. I know it’s a business and there is nothing wrong with profit, but I actually want to puke when I watch some of these games. Every year I count down to the play offs because that’s the only time we see real ball, now the refs are ruining that too. Makes me want to puke.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    These aren’t the drones you’re looking for.

  • http://www.slamonline.com the_unknown

    I can count on hand how many games I’ve seen Dwight Howard and D-Rose miss due to injuries in the past and those two are both out for the entire playoffs and this fool wants to say these injuries have nothing to do with this compressed season? Gimme a break.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    Wish he would retire already!

  • http://wikipedia.org Eddie1

    Rondo should’ve nailed Marc Davis in the head kinda like Jordan did to Julius Erving in the 1993 finals. Look that ish up. EXPAND your MIND. Illum.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Take your Meds kids.

  • lakernation

    I agree with David Stern…. condensed season or not, ppl still have injuries regardless. Kobe was injured a lot last season, bynum was injured every season prior to this season. I say that to say this, Sh** happens! Why do ppl always look for a reason accidents happen.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    It’s proven that this season is causing an increase in injuries. It’s also absurd to believe David Stern who is clearly just a spin doctor.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    “Why not?”
    “Because I said so.”

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    David Stern is probably the worst parent.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/05/david-stern-injuries-not-related-to-nba-lockout-compressed-schedule/ thePhoenix

    Just to play Stern’s (Devil’s) advocate here: has anyone actually got verified proof that injuries have increased significantly from any other year? Or does it just seem that way? You can’t blame every single injury on the condensed season. Using that logic, if every injury were the fault of the condensed season then exactly zero injuries would occur other years that are not condensed. Since that is terrible logic we can only say that the rise in injuries collectively (if in fact there has been a rise) is likely due to the condensed season, but it would be impossible to point to any particular injury and say that the condensed season is the reason for that one. Therefore you cannot unequivocally state that Derrick Rose or player X would definitely not have got injured if the season were not condensed, you could only say that overall less injuries would have occurred, with it impossible to identify which injuries would have and wouldn’t have.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Yes, It’s proven.
    And it should be obvious that this would be an outcome of this schedule, for example,
    This season – Began on Christmas Day and ended on April 28th. That’s 124 days. Subtract out 4 days off for the All Star Break and you’re left with 120 days in which to play 66 games. That gives us a game every 1.82 days.
    Regular NBA season – This season was to begin on Nov. 1st and end on April 18th. That’s 170 days. Subtract out four days off for the All Star Break and you’re left with 166 days in which to play 82 games. That gives us a game every 2.02 days.
    Consider that there also wasn’t a preseason to get players in shape for the grueling schedule and it becomes pretty obvious why this year was so much harder on the player’s physically.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/05/david-stern-injuries-not-related-to-nba-lockout-compressed-schedule/ thePhoenix

    @nbk I agree with your reasoning and your maths. And I suspect that it probably has led to more injuries. However, the proof I am in search of is a statistic that shows there has been significantly more injuries this season to other regular seasons. While I do believe such a statistic likely exists, I would prefer not to treat speculation and conjecture as fact until I have seen said proof.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/05/david-stern-injuries-not-related-to-nba-lockout-compressed-schedule/ thePhoenix

    @nbk – also, how do you do the line breaks between your paragraphs on this comment board?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    F*ck David Stern