Are We Going To Pretend Like We Don't Understand The Difference Between Head Injuries In The NBA And The NFL?
So wait, what point are we trying to make here? We are certainly not trying to make the point that concussion protocol in the NFL is too strict. If that were the case then Roger Goodell would have Rich Eisen and Mike Freeman waiting on the unemployment line faster than the next player that commits domestic abuse. So then I guess the only point that we could possibly be trying to make here is that the NBA concussion protocol isn't strict enough? I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion, but are we going to act like both sports were created equally in terms of health risks towards it's participants? Like yeah, I would hope that an NFL player wouldn't be let back in the game one quarter after doing a full flip and landing on his neck. Not because he necessarily has a concussion, but the fact that he will probably endure 4-5 more hits to the same part of the body might leave him pretty prone to one. How may times is Steph Curry going to land on the back of his head? Once, maybe twice, a season? The NBA concussion test should be more lenient because the players health isn't put at nearly the same amount of risk compared to that of an NFL player. How many former NBA players are dealing with the long term affects of head trauma later on life? How many have killed themselves due to injuries they endured while playing basketball? How many concussion related lawsuits has the NBA had to fight?
Can we just be logical for like two seconds? The Warriors were up 3-0 with two home games remaining before the conclusion of last night's game. I highly doubt they would risk Steph Curry's health in a series that is all but over. I highly doubt they didn't do any and all things to make sure he wasn't doing any long term damage to himself. Sure, the concussion test is probably a joke compared to that of the NFL, but it should be. You should have to have 100% of your mental capicity before you step on a field where there is 11 guys that are trying to drive your head straight into the ground. Are we going to pretend that difference doesn't exist? Do we think that the NBA cares less about their players than the NFL or NHL? Or is that maybe, just maybe, they realize that a player taking jump shots with a little bump on the back of his head isn't as much of a liability as a player with limited cognitive awareness being tackled to the ground by the strongest athletes professional sports has offer?