Masking Injuries: Is the Deception Worth the Reward?
Andrew Bynum goes out last year with a knee injury and is supposed to be back just before the playoffs start, but ends up missing the entire year.
Andrew Bynum again goes out this year and was supposed to be back by the beginning of April, but is now scheduled to be back just in time for the playoffs and who knows, maybe longer.
Dominic James of the Marquette Golden Eagles is out for the year and then plays in a loss this past weekend in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The list could go on.
So while some teams give accurate injury reports, there are some that leave no hint as to how bad an injury is or give an accurate timetable for return.
Whose fault is it or who started it? In the recent era, Bill Belichick is the first name that comes to mind.
While I’m sure many others, like Phil Jackson, are involved in these mind games, Belichick is notorious for offering nothing as to the status of any of his players until they are suited and in the game or not.
Does this mind game with the media and opponents really work? I doubt it.
The drama behind injuries seem like nothing more than interesting media storylines.
Paul Pierce’s “injury” during the NBA finals, Kobe Bryant’s pinky, LaDainian Tomlinson during the past couple playoffs, Ty Lawson this past weekend, and now of course today’s news on Gilbert Arenas.
Not having a key player or playing with one that is not 100 percent, reincorporating a key player back from injury or opponent's defensive strategies knowing a key player is going to play or not can all be impacted by a player's injury status.
But it’s old news now and all that really matters is whether they are capable of playing or not.
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