I don’t want to knock LeBron for being a poor role model here, because most media outlets stopped presenting him as any sort of paragon of high character around the time of The Decision. But his comments do help underscore how sports leagues can’t just reverse common conceptions of concussions with a new policy or strict rules against blows to the head. More than anything, it’s a cultural issue, with players being told to play through pain from a young age.
What is Eric Freeman of “Ball Don’t Lie” on Yahoo! getting on LeBron James for? How about this;
As the questioning about the game winded down, James was asked whether he had ever suffered a concussion in his life. James smiled for the first time in the interview and delivered his reply with an attempt at humor.
“No, I’m too tough for that,” James said.
Tom Haberstroh of “Heat Index” on ESPN.com Continue reading
As we hinted to on Monday Kobe Bryant has as concussion to go along with the broken nose;
In addition to a broken nose, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant suffered a concussion in the third quarter of the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday when Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade fouled Bryant across the face.
The 16-year veteran visited Dr. John Rehm, an ear, nose and throat specialist, on Tuesday morning where his nasal fracture was confirmed. Bryant was experiencing other symptoms related to the nose injury and was sent to neurologist Dr. Vern Williams, who diagnosed the concussion.
Courtesy of ESPN.com.
We have listed Kobe as the 7th concussion of the season for the NBA…
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.
Concussions in the NBA are easily missed; they appear on searches but the normal searches I do the reports are often a sentence regarding the injury. I believe this to be mainly because of two factors, the first being in the above statement the other is that a concussion has not occurred to a “big time” player, yet.
This could all be changing after an incident in the All-Star Game last night between Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade (video below). According to Lakers Nation and Gary Lee Kobe may be suffering from some well-known symptoms; Continue reading