These do not occur as often as football and hockey for a couple of reasons, one; fewer players equals less incidence and two; the reporting of injuries is up to beat writers, as I have yet to find an official league injury page. I will be using the standard CBSsports.com and ESPN for compiling this information.
We are back with this report only a few days later, why you ask? This past week the NBA has been busy with concussion information; release of information about developing a league wide policy, and a spike in reported injuries. Most of the concussions/head injuries we have found were through press write-ups about the game itself. Here is the current list (special thank you to Colin Fly of the AP for digging up a few of these);
- Sasha Vuajcic, Lakers – 10/14/10
- Carlos Delfino, Bucks – 11/29/10
- Taj Gibson, Bulls – 12/20/10
- Corey Maggette, Bucks – 12/20/10
- Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Bucks – 1/1/11
- Mike Miller, Heat – 2/11/11
- Ersan Ilyasova, Bucks – 2/21/11
- Vince Carter, Suns – 3/1/11
- Damion James, Nets – 3/5/11
- Anthony Morrow, Nets – 3/5/11
- Chris Paul, Hornets – 3/6/11
In Fly’s article about the NBA concussion policy he noted that the stats are showing that, on average, nine players have missed time due to concussion/head injury the past five years. An AWESOME find by Fly, and a good start, it would be nice if the league would make their injuries transparent… Mr. Stern?