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Posted at 5:52 PM ET, 03/ 4/2011

Rashard Lewis expected to play against Minnesota despite knee pain

By Michael Lee

No final decision has been made regarding surgery for Rashard Lewis's ailing right knee, but the Wizards plan on having him available when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. A day after Lewis said that he might need a scope to remedy to clean out his knee, Coach Flip Saunders said that plan is to keep using him at limited minutes.

"Rashard is going to play," Saunders said. "He's fine. He's got a situation with his leg that he's not going to hurt anymore, but he has soreness. And sometimes, the soreness in his knee puts him in a situation where his leg can't fire as much as he wants to. He's such a professional, he wants to play and perform at a high level and he wants to help the team. He feels sometimes that he's not out there helping enough. I told him, 'Let me be the judge of that.' "

Lewis has struggled since returning from the all-star break, averaging just four points and shooting 30.7 percent (8-of-26) from the floor. He had just two points, on 0 for 2 shooting, in five minutes on Wednesday in the Wizards' 106-102 loss against Golden State.

But with Al Thornton getting a buyout and signing with the Golden State Warriors this week, the Wizards would suddenly be thin at small forward if Lewis is forced to sit because of injury. Starter Josh Howard is also playing under a minute restriction. But Saunders said the Wizards need Lewis for more reasons that just his ability to spread the floor on offense.

"He's important to us," Saunders said. "As much as anything, just his leadership. When we played well during that stretch, of playing against good teams and some of the games we won, he was playing well because he does a lot of things that go unnoticed. We'll just have to keep on monitoring it. He's going to keep on rehabbing it. And we're going to try some things to keep him loose when he sits out some and just monitor him more."

By Michael Lee  | March 4, 2011; 5:52 PM ET
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Comments

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WHOOOO CARES!..........play booker more. It's better for our team now and in the future.

Posted by: bbachrac | March 4, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

'Scope the knee and get ready for next season. Play HOWARD his minutes, and BOOK and EVANS 'till the wheels fall off.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 4, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

A day after Lewis said that he might need a scope to remedy to clean out his knee, Coach Flip Saunders said that plan is to keep using him at limited minutes.

Why?

"He's important to us," Saunders said.

The record doesn't show it.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 4, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Vintage Wizards organization decision, they play injured players, WHY?

Posted by: closg | March 4, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Shut it down. Dig your professionalism, but we need to bleed the youth and valiantly fight - and lose - games to position ourselves for the upcoming draft. No need to cause permanent damage making the team slightly more watchable as it crawls to the finish line under Grunfeld's broken watch.

Posted by: glaytham | March 4, 2011 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Condolences to Saunders for his loss.

But as his statement about Lewis reveals once again, could there possibly be a worse coach to bring along young players? Thin at small forward? Evans, a longtime favorite of Saunders', has been getting the bulk of the backup minutes anyway, in spite of Booker's numbers and sparking of the team.

Posted by: KTV1 | March 4, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I think fans around here aren't accustomed to the idea of a highest-paid player who actually wants to play...

Not sure Booker is the player you want guarding a quick outside-shooting SF. He should get more minutes at the 4...

Posted by: Samson151 | March 4, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

A few spreads back I commented about the Teams that fired and hired new coaches and I basically got responses why the firing of Saunders really would not make a difference with the Wizards.

Indiana, Charlotte, Philly, Atlanta, Chicago, all where cited. The team with seemingly the biggest jump has been Philly.

I was put aback for reasoning that Philly was really a good Team anyway with good players anyway so the fact that Collins came in as a new coach really was insignificant.

So the question I have is, if Philly had a cast of characters that were really good in the first place, why did Jordan do so badly with them, and how do we really know that the cast of characters is so bad with the Wizads that no one can do better with them???

If coaching really isn't a significant factor as the Flip protaganist keep saying, then why did Jordan do so badly with the same group basically that Collins has playing 500 ball?

Remedy me that please!!!

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 4, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I think fans around here aren't accustomed to the idea of a highest-paid player who actually wants to play...

Not sure Booker is the player you want guarding a quick outside-shooting SF. He should get more minutes at the 4...

Posted by: Samson151 | March 4, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Sure we are Gil came back too early to play in the playoffs and Lewis is going to play in games that mean nothing?

That's the problem with Booker not a small forward and too short to play power forward.

Just the kind of player Ernie loves?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 4, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Vintage Wizards organization decision, they play injured players, WHY?

God only knows.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 4, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

That's the problem with Booker not a small forward and too short to play power forward.

Just the kind of player Ernie loves?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 4, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

You mean like CHARLES BARKLEY short?

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 4, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Another splendid job by Ernie. Brings in a player with a known injury. For what? To save one year on paying Gil's contract?

I'm so tired of Ernie G. and his incompetence!

It's a shame that we as Wizards fans do not have a real beat reporter to question Ernie on these horrendous moves. Instead, we have Mike Lee who does us all a disservice by refusing to ask the tough questions.

Where are the real reporters in this town?

Posted by: squidward1 | March 4, 2011 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Mike Lee does a disservice. The Jump Ball input samples all opinions and some that have strong opinions criticize it every time Jump Ball cites a bloggers opinion.

You would think that the bloggers opinions would run the gamut, so why why would bloggers criticize it?

Mike Lee seeing the criticisms now seems to run Jump Ball without a bloggers opinion.

It is very unfair to criticize Mike when he sought to bring in and highlight the bloggers and it was criticized roundly by some.

You can't have it both ways by criticizing Mike when he really actually does a good job of presenting his opinion and those of the bloggers via Jump Ball.

So, squidward1, holler strong at the mike, iffin' you know how.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 4, 2011 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Larry, I respect you opinion. Just as you have to respect mine.

Reporters and columnist in this town are way to friendly with the teams and general managers that they cover. These friendships prevent them from being objective.

I do not care that Mike "has sought to bring in bloggers". His job is to keep us informed and ask these people the questions that we cannot. Not to befriend bloggers.

It's not personal, I'm sure Mike is a great guy but he is too soft when questioning Ernie and Flip.

Mike, are you afraid the Wizards will pull your press credentials?

Here a few:

Ernie, why he did not select the 5th pick?

Why he gave Gil a max contract while he was HURT?

Why did you make a 19 year old boy the caption of grown men?

Why did you trade away Caron Butler?

And press him for answers instead of cliche's.

Grow a pair!

Posted by: squidward1 | March 4, 2011 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Here a few:

Ernie, why he did not select the 5th pick?

Why he gave Gil a max contract while he was HURT?

Why did you make a 19 year old boy the caption of grown men?

Why did you trade away Caron Butler?

Grow a pair!
Posted by: squidward1

Since all of those questions have been asked and answered, not really sure what you want. Unless it's the hope that the repeated questioning will make EG break down in tears and resign.

Meanwhile, since only one of those questions pertains to this year, not sure why Mike Lee would waste his time.

Posted by: ts35 | March 5, 2011 12:58 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Mike Lee does a disservice. The Jump Ball input samples all opinions and some that have strong opinions criticize it every time Jump Ball cites a bloggers opinion.

You would think that the bloggers opinions would run the gamut, so why why would bloggers criticize it?
Posted by: LarryInClintonMD

Can't speak for everyone Larry, but the reason I criticize Jump Ball is...if you're reading WI enough to read the Jump Ball, you've already read the original posts they copy and discussed it. So what exactly is it bringing to the table?

It's like if you brought me dinner, and then I took it, moved it to a different plate and said "Hey, Larry, I brought you dinner."

Posted by: ts35 | March 5, 2011 1:03 AM | Report abuse

A few spreads back I commented about the Teams that fired and hired new coaches and I basically got responses why the firing of Saunders really would not make a difference with the Wizards.

Indiana, Charlotte, Philly, Atlanta, Chicago, all where cited. The team with seemingly the biggest jump has been Philly.

I was put aback for reasoning that Philly was really a good Team anyway with good players anyway so the fact that Collins came in as a new coach really was insignificant.

So the question I have is, if Philly had a cast of characters that were really good in the first place, why did Jordan do so badly with them, and how do we really know that the cast of characters is so bad with the Wizards that no one can do better with them???

If coaching really isn't a significant factor as the Flip protaganist keep saying, then why did Jordan do so badly with the same group basically that Collins has playing 500 ball?

Remedy me that please!!!
LarryInClintonMD.

As to why I discounted your 'argument'

1) You neglected to account for teams that have changed coaches over the same period and gotten worse. It's possible that the Wizards could fire Flip and the team would get worse. Jerry Sloan left Utah, so they have a new coach. Did they improve? Did Ty Corbin have them firing on all cylinders before the Williams trade?

2) You attributed all success to the coaching change without assessing other factors. For example, in your view, Tom Thibbodeau is predominantly responsible for Chicago's improvement, signing an All-Star 19/10 PF was negligible. D'Antoni was named the Knicks coach in '09, but they haven't seen significant improvement until this year. What changed? Did they fire D'Antoni and bring in a new coach? In 06/07, Doc Rivers coached the Celtics to 24 wins. The next year the team won the title. I guess they were able to make that improvement by firing Doc, right?

Coaching obviously does make a difference, but it's not the end-all be-all that you seem to want to believe.

As for EJ's Philly team vs Collin's Philly team. A lot of the pieces are the same, but there were also big changes. First off, EJ had to deal with Iverson for 25 games and try to mix him in. Last year, they tried to use a 3 guard rotation of Willie Green, Lou Williams and the rookie Jrue Holiday. In the offseason, they got rid of Green, giving the PG position full time to Jrue. They got rid of their softer players or pieces that didn't fit like Dalembaert, Jason Smith, etc and brought in tougher vets like Nocioni and Tony Battie. I'm sure Collins has made a difference, but it's not a guarantee, nor the only difference.

Posted by: ts35 | March 5, 2011 1:51 AM | Report abuse

"Ernie, why he did not select the 5th pick?
Why he gave Gil a max contract while he was HURT?Why did you make a 19 year old boy the caption of grown men?Why did you trade away Caron Butler?Posted by: squidward1"

I thought he'd answered the above.

1. He didn't like the players available at that 5th pick -- at the time, Rubio was the consensus choice. He figured the two vets were a better option.
2. They (meaning EG and mostly IMO Abe Pollin) thought Gilbert would come back sooner than he did, and be the player he once was.
3. Actually, he made Wall co-captain with veteran Kirk Hinrich, who'd been captain of the Bulls for years. Although he didn't say it, I suspect he was looking to focus attention away from the awkward fact that Gil was still on the team. And with Josh Howard out til December, there weren't many viable veteran candidates.
4. EG and the owners decided that the best option was to blow the team up (their words). Leonsis apparently signed off on this, though he wasn't yet majority owner. Butler was one of the few players with any value at the time, and it wasn't much. They got Josh Howard, who was hurt.

So anyway, there are the answers. They're not to your satisfaction, but Mike Lee doesn't work for you, does he? We make think he made some boners, but he'll pay with his job for that if Ted Leonsis thinks it's time.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I don't know if anybody got a chance to see any of a good game in Orlando last night. The Magic usually play much better at home, but this game was an illustration of their flaws: Dwight Howard goes 8 for 8 with 10 boards but 7 TOs and only 4 for 12 from the line. He dominates Noah (17 minutes, 5 PFs, 0 FGs)but his teammates can't stop Derrick Rose and the bench provides little support (Gilbert: 0-5 in 15 minutes).

As high as Orlando was after the Miami comeback, they have to be questioning themselves now.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 8:36 AM | Report abuse

THIS IS IDIOTIC! sit down. Get the knee fixed so he's ready next season.

Posted by: Darnell1 | March 5, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Random thought: Anyone like the new NBA "mesh" jerseys? I think they look cheap. Kinda like when they tried switching to plastic balls instead of leather.

Posted by: Darnell1 | March 5, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Random thought: Anyone like the new NBA "mesh" jerseys? I think they look cheap. Kinda like when they tried switching to plastic balls instead of leather.

Posted by: Darnell1 | March 5, 2011 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Dream draft:

1st pick C Enes Kanter

ATL pick SF Chris Singleton

2nd round PF Markieff Morris

Posted by: Darnell1 | March 5, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Totally agree with most posters here -- Flip needs to shut him down. Of course Lewis wants to play, he should, so it's up to the coach to sit a guy who's hurting (both himself and the team) and let that player save face with the team.

Let the other dudes get some PT, there's nothing to be gained by forcing Lewis onto the floor.

Posted by: RIP-21 | March 5, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Alt plan B:

Top pick SF Terrance Jones

2nd round Ben Wallace clone Patric Young.

Posted by: Darnell1 | March 5, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

"Dream draft:
1st pick C Enes Kanter
ATL pick SF Chris Singleton
2nd round PF Markieff Morris
Posted by: Darnell1"

In terms of need, that's not a bad draft at all -- assuming the Wiz start outside the top three picks. Kanter (like all Euro players) is something of an unknown, but the tape shows some definite skills and he can also swing to PF. Singleton has had shooting problems this year but is a very solid defender. Markieff is the less skilled of the twins but very much an inside player.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

I would however be surprised if all 3 are there when the Wiz pick, whenever that may be -- particularly that second rounder.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Get the knee scoped Rashard, this season is O-V-E-R. Lets get some development done and look forward to next season. Ernie really needs to draft Kanter.

Posted by: Joe08121990 | March 5, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

ted needs to seriously contemplate firing the entire wizards medical staff...

and rashard wtf are u playing for? get ur surgery and get well for next season

Posted by: mrhney03 | March 5, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

"get ur surgery and get well for next season
Posted by: mrhney03"

Players put off surgery all the time, you know -- usually in cases where it's not clear that it's necessary. I don't know what procedure is involved, but there are players who prefer to avoid surgery if possible. It can be a difficult rehab and sometimes not entirely successful. So players will sometimes reason that the off-season is coming anyway and rest might be the best medicine. If the docs have assured him that no additional damage will be done, then it's entirely possible he wants to keep playing.

I know, Gilbert would have shut it down long ago, but they're not all like that.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Also, the Wiz medical staff gets a lot of criticism in such situations, most of which is undeserved. A player like Rashard will seek out his own medical care. He might get a referral from the Wiz docs, but more likely not. The team docs are probably just part-time consultants whose job it is to review the medical opinions and give the team the OK to let him play or not. That's a liability / insurance issue. Unlikely that they're closely involved in any treatment. And when you're talking about somebody who makes as much $$ as Rashard, he'll have the best medical care anywhere.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

It was made quite clear that the injury can't be made worse by playing - he just has to deal with the pain. You think NFL players don't play with injuries/pain virtually every week? Personally, I could care less bc it's a lost season and - no offense to RL - he is not in the long term plans anyway or short term plans for that matter. He is just veteran filler. If he leads by example how to play with pain, so be it. But, I don't think it is something to get up in arms about either way. And, if it is just a minor scope, the summer is plenty of time for recovery.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 5, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, figured the Wiz medical staff would come up. Considering according to RL he's been dealing with this all season, I'm sure he's gotten Orlando's medical opinion as well and as Samson explained, he probably has his own specialists any damn way. GA did. And, if you remember correctly, it was not the surgeries that went poorly, it was his own rehab process that did him in. A rehab that the team specifically warned against him doing, but, alas, they can't physically stop that from occuring as GA later insinuated. Deflecting blame like the immature person he is.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 5, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

"he is not in the long term plans anyway or short term plans for that matter."Posted by: rphilli721

Far as I can tell they've been pleasantly surprised with Rashard so far. I imagine they expected him to sulk after being traded from a contender to a rebuilder but he hasn't. Of course no team wants to carry a contract like that and the Wiz wouldn't have done so if they could have gotten rid of Gilbert any other way. Once the contract issue is off the table, I suspect Rashard will have some teams calling. He's 31 and given his playing style, has a few good seasons left. And I imagine teams have begun to conclude that he wasn't really the problem in Orlando.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

The one thing I can't put my finger on was that GA although very rusty last season was playing much better pre-gun incident than he has this season. It looked to me like he might end up being 75% of the player he once was. This year he looks like he is 25% of the player he once was, if even that high. I went to a game earlier in the season and GA was completely worthless on the court. I remember 22 pts and 8 dimes were quite frequent last season. So, any thoughts? Mental? Heart not in it anymore? Out of shape? Something doesn't compute considering he actually got some - one would think - much needed rest for his knee. Anyway....

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 5, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

As for Rashard Lewis....sit down son. Discretion is the better part of valor, and we've seen the results of trying to do too much on a bad wheel.

Posted by: ts35 | March 5, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Such BS. Lewis should sit out. Saunders says he's fine, then why is there talk of surgery? YOu can't get a straight answers from the Wizards. The fans are so stupid that we can't tell if Lewis is doing all the little things that would make him valuable. For 20 million against the cap , I say he should sit out and get his game to be worth 20 mil. The Wizards will keep being losers as long as they stay with this kind of leadership.

Posted by: bobilly2 | March 5, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

@ Samson,

Oh, I am not anti-RL. I just think his knee pain is not something to freak out about. If it were JW, for instance, I would probably have a different opinion.

Yeah, I've been impressed by his level of professionalism as I believe the team has. His shot just kills me though. It's horrendous looking. Ever notice the net always flows back towards him when he makes a shot bc his low trajectory shots are always clanging off the inside of the rim?

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 5, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I got news for you. We are not going to get much return on the dollar whether RL plays with knee pain or not. So, he gets paid a king's ransom. He might as well play with some pain.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 5, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

NBA tidbit: two odd 'streaks' on the line last night -- the Cavs versus the Knicks and the Lakers vs Charlotte. The Bobcats had won 8 of the last 11 against LA but lost Friday. The Cavs beat NY for the 11th straight time, this one at MSG.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"Such BS. Lewis should sit out. Saunders says he's fine, then why is there talk of surgery? posted by bobilly2"

Maybe I didn't make that clear: there's always talk of surgery, because it's always an option. At the moment, it doesn't appear to be the best option. There are downsides to surgical procedures, particularly in some cases, but ultimately it's the player's call. The important issue is whether further damage could occur. None of us would have any way of knowing, of course.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

"For 20 million against the cap , I say he should sit out and get his game to be worth 20 mil. The Wizards will keep being losers as long as they stay with this kind of leadership.Posted by: bobilly2"

One more quick comment: this is a strange argument. Hardly any NBA player is 'worth' 20 million a year. Players like Rashard get paid that much because teams make mistakes. Arenas and Albert Haynesworth are examples. If Rashard comes back 100% next season, he still won't be worth 20 mil by current NBA standards.

By any objective measure, that's still a heck of a good trade because 1) Gilbert Arenas and his contract are in Orlando, not Washington, and 2) Rashard has been a player than we had a right to expect.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

"Not sure Booker is the player you want guarding a quick outside-shooting SF. He should get more minutes at the 4..."

Posted by: Samson151

Not sure Lewis with a bad knee is the guy for the job either.

"If the docs have assured him that no additional damage will be done, then it's entirely possible he wants to keep playing. I know, Gilbert would have shut it down long ago, but they're not all like that."

Posted by: Samson151

1. No doc can assure that additional damage won't be done. 2. Ever heard of compensation injuries? RE Arenas, Gilbert played when he shouldn't have, hardly a guy to pamper injuries.

Posted by: tgif11 | March 5, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I cant wait to see three things happen.

1. the 2011 draft.

2. who we pick up in the offseason.

3. the start of the 2011 / 2012 season.

I have watched every game in this trying season and will continue to, but I am looking forward to the future so.o.o much !!

Posted by: US-conscience | March 5, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Tendinitis in the knee joint usually resolve with rest.There is always a risk of major injury when an athlete is forced to compute with any inflamed area.He is not playing for a ring, what will be the reason to risk him for further injury? No medical professorial will tell him to keep trying before he is 100%. There should be something that we all do not know.From the business point of view the best shoot is to correct his illness as early as possible for him to be 100%.He is 31,he will be a force some where if he is able to show that in the 1st 25 games of next season.

Posted by: gtefferra | March 5, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Also, the Wiz medical staff gets a lot of criticism in such situations, most of which is undeserved. A player like Rashard will seek out his own medical care. He might get a referral from the Wiz docs, but more likely not. The team docs are probably just part-time consultants whose job it is to review the medical opinions and give the team the OK to let him play or not. That's a liability / insurance issue. Unlikely that they're closely involved in any treatment. And when you're talking about somebody who makes as much $$ as Rashard, he'll have the best medical care anywhere.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

this is the same medical staff that cleared Arenas to play.,,,after the first surgery

Posted by: mrhney03 | March 5, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

this is the same medical staff that cleared Arenas to play.,,,after the first surgery
Posted by: mrhney03"

So what? By 'cleared' to play, it means the player meets the standard in the opinion of the medical staff. With a player as important as Gilbert was, they're more likely to be conservative than not. The doc likely reviewed the records and the other docs' opinions (including the surgeon's and the rehab people) before clearing him.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"Tendinitis in the knee joint usually resolve with rest.There is always a risk of major injury when an athlete is forced to compute with any inflamed area.He is not playing for a ring, what will be the reason to risk him for further injury? No medical professorial will tell him to keep trying before he is 100%. There should be something that we all do not know.From the business point of view the best shoot is to correct his illness as early as possible for him to be 100%.He is 31,he will be a force some where if he is able to show that in the 1st 25 games of next season.Posted by: gtefferra'

Well, I'm not sure what your basing the above on, but tendinitis in a pro basketball player can be pretty chronic. It doesn't 'resolve' with rest, it just improves some. Tendinitis doesn't always mean increased risk of more serious injury. That's why you have the docs evaluate it before rendering an opinion.

As far as playing when he's not 100% -- you must know that players are seldom 100% during the season. They take meds and get Toradol shots when it's particularly rough.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I think some folks here are just determined to find medical incompetence or malfeasance where there likely isn't any. There's enough real malpractice in the world (like with PEDs) that we don't have to go around inventing it.

Playing basketball at the NBA level is an unusual stress. Not as bad as the NFL, certainly, but the body isn't made to take that sort of pounding game after game, season after season. Why do they do it? Love of game and fame and money.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

BTW, this is why Phil Jackson made a point of saying Blake Griffin needs to dunk less if he plans to have a long career.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Also, the Wiz medical staff gets a lot of criticism in such situations, most of which is undeserved.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

undeserved...now you're going to try and defend the medical staff?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 5, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"undeserved...now you're going to try and defend the medical staff?Posted by: bulletsfan78"

Of course not. Why would they need defending? I'm just noting how uninformed the criticisms are...

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

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