One of the hottest topics in the NBA right now is the preservation of players’ bodies.
Basketball is a very physical game and it’s no surprise that athletes are injured playing more than 80 games a year.
However, many people feel that injuries are more common than they have ever been.
What is causing all of these physical mishaps and missed time?
Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers sat down with J.J. Redick on the Old Man and the Three podcast and touched upon the number of injuries in the NBA and what’s behind them.
According to George, the amount of time that players have off is only hurting them.
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“Back [when I got started] it was you practice hard, you got a game. They think by giving us time off, it’s helped managing our bodies but in honesty, I think it’s making us weaker.”
George claims that the amount of downtime and lack of practice is hurting them and leading to many more injuries.
There have been multiple insiders, analysts, players, coaches, and even doctors who have recommended measures the league could take to limit injuries.
One of the most common suggestions is shortening the NBA season.
The league fits a lot of games into a short amount of time and that has a huge impact on the bodies of players.
Yet, what is the likelihood that the Association will decrease the number of games in a season since that would hurt the bottom line?
Instead of shortening the season, George proposes that players remain more consistent with their practice sessions.
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