NBA Concussion Update #5

Our periodical report for The Association.

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.  Also to note for 2012 is the shortened season due to the lock-out.

There are only two games left (for the most part) but now might be a good time to give an update, since there is information fresh in the news cycle.  Let us begin with the very good news out of Minnesota, as it seems they have listened to us here at TCB;

Kevin Love has passed all concussion tests and been cleared by the NBA to return to the court, but the Minnesota Timberwolves aren’t about to take any chances with the new face of their franchise.

The other bit of news is the stunt that Metta World Peace pulled yesterday in the Thunder/Laker game;

Metta World Peace knocked James Harden out of a Sunday afternoon game at Staples Center. It’s not clear when Harden will be able to return to the court.

The Oklahoman reported that Harden was diagnosed with a concussion after taking World Peace’s swinging left elbow to his head during the second quarter of Sunday’s game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Below is our current count of concussions in the NBA for this season (all of last year there were 12 concussions);

  1. Andrew Bogut – MIL – 1/16/12
  2. Jameer Nelson – ORL – 1/27/12
  3. Kyrie Irving – CLE – 2/7/12
  4. Lazar Hayward – OKC – 2/20/12 – Fink’s Rule
  5. Jason Smith – NO – 2/22/12
  6. C.J. Watson – CHI – 2/22/12
  7. Kobe Bryant – LAL – 2/29/12
  8. Brandon Wright – DAL – 3/5/12
  9. Rudy Gay – MIL – 3/12/12
  10. Mickeal Pietrus – BOS – 3/24/12
  11. Eduardo Najera – CHA – 4/7/12
  12. Kevin Love – MIN – 4/11/12
  13. Reggie Williams – CHA – 4/17/12
  14. Chris Johnson – NO – 4/18/12
  15. Andris Biedrens – GS – 4/22/12
  16. James Harden – OKC – 4/22/12

 

Love with Concussion

It’s the classic “mild” concussion, you know the same “mild” concussion that sat Sidney Crosby out for over a year or the same “mild” concussion that put Jonathan Toews off the ice for 22 games.  You know its only “mild”…  For PETE’S SAKE there is absolutely nothing mild about this brain injury, please read the link!

Wow, I feel better..

Last night in Denver Kevin Love, the Minnesota Timberwolf – or is it Timberwolve – was elbowed in the head and crumpled to the floor.  It took a minute then he was helped to his feet with the aid of teammates and ushered to the locker room.  After that quick stop Love went to a local hospital where he was observed overnight.  Fellow Timberwolf, J.J. Barea had this observation;

“As soon as he got hit, I knew he was out. He was talking, but he wasn’t all there, though.”

Like with other high-profile athletes it will be interesting to see how the recovery is handled.  With Minnesota likely not making the playoffs, the prudent action would be to erase all doubts and sit Love for the remainder of the season.  That is what I would advise, if anyone is listening.