Heads You Win ………. Heads You Lose And You Could Even End Up Dead !
We’ve all seen the struggles of players within the NFL struggling to come back from serious injuries , especially those that are head related . Concussions other than ligament injuries now seem to be a major cause for concern in each of the four major sports and how the respective governing bodies have actually dealt with those issues seems to be very diverse. There seems to be no consistent process in place by the NFL , NBA , NHL or MLB for that matter. The continued idiocy of the NFL’s hierarchy and how they’ve addressed this issue has me mystified but what might be even more unpalatable is the naivete of the fans out there with their rather idiotic notion that the game is physical and the players simply know what they’re getting themselves into. The players may well know that but that doesn’t mean that they put their lives at risk and there not being the proper medical effort not there to assist them to recuperate and rehabilitate from a really serious injury.
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Given the fact that the league’s own inhouse medical counsel has never really conducted any real in depth studies into head related injuries and have merely relied on what they’re told by these paid professionals , I’m not at all surprised by their lax approach in dealing with any of the health related issues that have affected current and retired players within the NFL. Likewise the approach of the players’ own union (NFLPA) is an utter disgrace in that area as well but it does appear that both the NFLPA and NFL are primarily concerned only about the amount of money that comes into their coffers each season rather than the well being of its most precious asset and that’s the players playing in the NFL.
I recently read an article concerning the New Orleans Hornets’ —- Chris Paul and his struggle to return to the team having suffered a concussion and the fact that even five days after suffering the concussion in a collision with a teammate during a game he’s still having recurring headaches and struggling in keeping his balance while trying to remain standing. If that’s not a cause for concern as to the dangers within the game as it relates to any type of head trauma then I don’t know what is .
Now there’s no denying that today’s professional athletes are financially rewarded with compensation packages that the vast majority of us could never imagine possible. But given the career span of many of these athletes aren’t necessarily all that long , the time that they have to make their mark within their chosen profession is a limited one. Which begs the question here when is it prudent to take note of a team’s most valuable asset and investment ? Is it when they’re disgruntled or when they’ve a health issue that if left untreated it could have an adverse effect on their career ? . Paul has returned to the team and he seems to be as effective as ever . That being said I’d hate to see or hear that in a week from now he still has recurring headaches and issue with his balance on the court !
The Hornets this season have had their fair share of ups and downs and it has been their inconsistency that has been their biggest failure by way of actually achieving a better within the division and Western Conference . At 39-30 the Hornets stand in 6th place within the Western Conference some 16 1/2 games behind the conference leading San Antonio Spurs . Chris Paul has done all that has been asked of him by coach Monty Williams and he remains one of the pre-eminent point guards within the game .
As I alluded to earlier the Hornets remain an inconsistent team who at their very best can compete with the elite teams within the NBA . But herein lies the problem when they’re not playing at an extremely high level the Hornets can look average at best or extremely bad. Chris Paul along with David West make up the potency of the Hornets’ offensive presence but there’s also a defensive presence provided by the ably adept Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor but there too at times the team does tend to be lax.
If the Hornets are to prove the naysayers wrong and prove their worth in the postseason then they’re going to have to play at a much higher level with Paul not only leading the offense but also being the team’s vocal leader , leading by example if they’re to have any semblance of success . This much is certain were the playoffs to begin as of today then they would be pressed into action with an opening round matchup against the Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City Thunder . On paper it appears an intriguing matchup and would most certainly provide all the thrills and excitement that the avid NBA fan would like to see barring the erratic postseason officiating . And that’s something that I for one as an avid NBA fan have become tired of seeing repeatedly in the NBA postseason. I know that NBA Commissioner David Stern and the league’s hierarchy believes implicitly in the officials . But now it’s becoming more and more ridiculous to watch their inconsistencies and downright incompetency that’s often shown during these playoff series .
From my own perspective I believe that if the New Orleans Hornets play up to their full potential then I do believe that they can go deep into the playoffs. If things should prove fortuitous for them and they’re able to hit a rich vein of form that can carry them forward from now to the end of the regular season . Then the momentum attained would certainly give them all the confidence needed to achieve some kind of success as it relates to the postseason. However given the competitiveness of the Western Conference where the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks , Oklahoma City Thunder and reigning champions the Los Angeles have all have all been playing at a consistently high level and the chances of the Hornets going deep into the playoffs would appear to be remote . A lot of things would have to fall into place for them to end up with possibly a semi final berth . But one tends to make their own luck when it comes to these type of games rather than relying on others to assist you in the process. And that’s where the New Orleans will have to show their worth to the their fans as well as their competition within the Western Conference.
As of yet I’ve not seen or heard NBA Commissioner David Stern issue a formal statement as to the league’s standing policy and how they view that the matter of head injuries suffered by the players within the NBA. Thankfully we’ve not seen a serious situation where a player has had to be stretchered off an NBA court because of their inability to regain consciousness or their mobility but given the spate of injuries we’ve seen suffered by NFL and NHL players recently and the alarming rate with which it it has happened , albeit that in terms of their physicalities the games of football and hockey are played at a much faster pace . I can’t help but wonder what action would be taken were we to see one of the NBA’s more prominent stars such as LeBron James , Dwyane Wade or Kobe Bryant go down with a traumatic head injury or quite possibly paralysis from an on court incident that effectively could end their career in one fail swoop ? Certainly David Stern, the oncourt officials themselves and coaches have to be more aware of such a scenario arising don’t you think ? And most certainly they have to some sort of strategy in place were such an incident to arise . Courtside medical staff notwithstanding , those first few minutes can be a life or death situation for a player facing that scenario.
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What thoughts if any do you have concerning the NBA’s awareness as to the safety of their players during games given the recent incident concerning Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets ? And how do you as such see the fortunes of the Hornets panning out over the remainder of the NBA schedule ? Simply chime in with your thoughts on this topic and anything else you feel pertinent as it relates to the NBA .
Alan aka tophatal
Picture and slide show details below.
(1) Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin (4) slam dunks over New Orleans Hornets center Emeka Okafor (50) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, March 14, 2011. The Nuggets won 114-103 . AP Photo ………….
(2) Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith (5) shoots from three point range as New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul (3) tries to cover in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, March 14, 2011. The Nuggets won 114-103. AP Photo …….
(3) Denver Nuggets center Nene Hilario (31) battles for a rebound against New Orleans Hornets center Emeka Okafor (50) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, March 14, 2011. The Nuggets won 114-103. AP Photo ……
(4) New Orleans Hornets guard Jarrett Jack (2) shoots over Denver Nuggets center Chris Andersen (11) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, March 14, 2011. The Nuggets won 114-103. (AP Photo)
(5) Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) drives to the basket in front of New Orleans Hornets forward Trevor Ariza (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo)
(6) New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams directs his players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in New Orleans, Saturday, March 12, 2011. New Orleans beat Sacramento 115-103 . AP Photo/Patrick Semansky …………
Hornets’ head coach Monty Williams
Hornets’ coaching staff
Hornets’ team season splits
NBA players’ injury report
Eye candy model Laetitia Casta
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