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Sunday, November 4th, 2012 at 12:31 pm  |  33 responses

Hornets Coach Monty Williams Blasts NBA Concussion Policy


Anthony Davis suffered a mild concussion during the Hornets’ tilt against the Jazz earlier this week, and as a result of the NBA’s concussion policy was forced to sit out the team’s game against the Chicago Bulls Saturday night. Needless to say, and as the AP reports, Bees coach Monty Williams was none too happy about this: “New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams blasted the NBA’s protocols for determining when a player can return from a concussion, a day after No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis suffered a mild one. Williams unloaded before Saturday’s game against the Chicago Bulls, saying, ‘Now, they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers and it’s getting old. It’s just the way the league is now.’ His comments came on the heels of Davis leaving Friday’s win over Utah after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head from teammate Austin Rivers in the first half. A Chicago product, Davis stayed back in New Orleans to be examined and did not accompany the team on the trip. He cannot return until he completes a series of tests to determine if he’s fit to play. ’It’s a man’s game,’ Williams said. ‘They’re treating these guys like they’re 5 years old. He desperately wanted to come (to Chicago), but he couldn’t make it.’ Concussions and the long-term effects of repeated blows to the head have become a hot-button topic in sports the past few years, most notably in the NFL. Other leagues have also taken steps to make the games safer, but Williams apparently thinks the NBA has gone too far.”

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  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    C’mon Monty, one game ain’t worth permanent brain damage.

  • nbahofer

    Monty just wants his best player out there I get it but a blow to the head is the most dangerous thing and pre cautions like this must be taken so kids these days can have long healthy careers

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    “Now, they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers and it’s getting old.” Quote of the YEAR.

  • http://twitter.com/dial_revenge Thomas

    Oh yeah, let him damage his brain so he doesn’t look like a girl. What a moronic statement.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i like monty, if there was a one-on-one tournament featuring all coaches, i’m picking monty

  • understandingoverignorance

    The truth is basketball isn’t like the NFL we don’t have retired basketball players claiming to have suffered permanent brain damage as a result of playing the NBA so Monty does have a point. Ask yourselves how many NBA players have suffered concussion over the years not many.

  • Guest

    the only one that comes to mind are the few concussions Jameer Nelson got from Dwight Howard when they were on the Magic together.

  • tomtom

    Aren’t white gloves and pink drawers against the dress code?

  • TBRK

    Monty…I was rocking with you, but shut up….please just shut up. I don’t want to hear any complaining from the top level of this organization EVER. The league bought your squad and David Stern handed you the #1 pick….just try to win games.

  • charliewinning

    Ask yourself if preventative measures contribute to stemming serious complications from concussions. I’m sure you know the answer is yes. The number of players who have gotten concussions has nothing to do with how the NBA should deal with them when they actually do happen. That’s a silly point to make. The number of players suffering from a certain injury has nothing to do with how the injury itself should be treated. It’s irrelevant. Monty sounds like a moron. He should leave medical decisions up to the medical consultants (doctors) the NBA uses, and stick to what he knows: basketball.

  • elmaar

    monty speaks the truth. just not in this case. concussions have to be taken seriously.
    it wasn’t the last time davis will get to play in chicago.

  • Kevin

    Where did Monty get his medical degree from? Since when does he think anyone should give two shits about his advice on how to deal with concussions?

  • Juni

    So he basically wants the NBA to treat players like they do in the NFL, where long term injuries for short term success are the norm? If I were a union rep, I’d have a problem with Monty willing to sacrifice the health of the players for a win.

  • Slick Ric

    Its some validity to this, the NBA cant adopt the same practices as the NFL because its not as physical, Especially nowadays……..

  • http://twitter.com/KingofKushSmoke PimpMaster of yo Hoe

    Tell your girl she left her pink drawers in my car last night.
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  • Caleb

    EXACTLY what I was going to say

  • understandingoverignorance

    Good point when you couch the argument with the recommendation of a medical doctor.

  • Dagger

    Moronic isn’t going far enough. Offensive and dangerous, for so many reasons.

  • Khalil

    He probably thought he’d get “tough guy” points for the stupid statement. What’s awful is that he’s trying to instill that dumb mentality in his young, impressionable players. They need a vet to tell them how much their coach doesn’t give a damn about how they end up in the future. Monty will still get a check whether A. Davis suffers or not.

  • Fat Lever

    The Fool Monty

  • KennyBricks

    Next topic on the Dr. Monty Show: “Concussions Be Myths, and Seizures Be For Sissies”.

  • patrick

    Agree.,.abolish the centralized one size fits all rule on this..let the decision be made on a team basis..

  • JRKittens

    The league is not going to risk getting sued like the NFL by allowing individual teams dictate this kind of league policy. You have to have zero business acumen if you can’t see how the NBA is protecting itself here. Besides, it just makes more sense from a medical standpoint to have uniformity when it comes to dealing with this. Teams will do what’s best for them, not necessarily for the players.

  • bike

    It’s really a knock on Rivers. What Monty is implying is that Rivers is too puny to possibly deliver a serious blow to the head. Now if that had been Dwight….

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    davis is a chicago boy, he really wanted to play at home

  • roscoe

    i think mwill was making a point in the media adavis is not soft by saying adavis wanted to play… once a player gets the charlie v moniker its over. imo if you were sitting w/ mwill having a beer he would say the best thing is for adavis to be concussion free. you kids are two or maybe three steps behind…

  • David

    Exactly. He’s a coach. He should stick to basketball. Let more knowledgeable people make decisions on how to deal with concussions. I don’t ask my mechanic about how to deal with my back problems. Why should anyone care what a basketball coach thinks about potential neurological issue?

  • David

    Exactly. He’s a coach. He should stick to basketball. Let more knowledgeable people make decisions on how to deal with concussions. I don’t ask my mechanic about how to deal with my back problems. Why should anyone care what a basketball coach thinks about potential neurological issue?

  • David

    Exactly. He’s a coach. He should stick to basketball. Let more knowledgeable people make decisions on how to deal with concussions. I don’t ask my mechanic about how to deal with my back problems. Why should anyone care what a basketball coach thinks about potential neurological issue?

  • David

    Exactly. He’s a coach. He should stick to basketball. Let more knowledgeable people make decisions on how to deal with concussions. I don’t ask my mechanic about how to deal with my back problems. Why should anyone care what a basketball coach thinks about potential neurological issue?

  • David

    Exactly. He’s a coach. He should stick to basketball. Let more knowledgeable people make decisions on how to deal with concussions. I don’t ask my mechanic about how to deal with my back problems. Why should anyone care what a basketball coach thinks about potential neurological issue?

  • David

    Exactly. He’s a coach. He should stick to basketball. Let more knowledgeable people make decisions on how to deal with concussions. I don’t ask my mechanic about how to deal with my back problems. Why should anyone care what a basketball coach thinks about potential neurological issue?

  • Ryles

    Your comment implies that Monty thinks he knows better than the medical staff who diaagnosed the concussion. It actually makes him look worse.

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