NBA injury reports have turned to politician media availability. Expect everything except a straight answer. philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid reportedly underwent MRI of knee 10 days ago, He was expected to be able to play as early as last week if necessary and would certainly be available for the start of round two. The Athletic’s Shams Charania and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported over the weekend that Embiid actually suffered a more severe sprain in his knee and is questionable for Game 1 against the Boston Celtics.
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it comes after los angeles clippers kawhi leonard ruled out for the last three games of their first round series against Phoenix Suns, The Clippers originally announced that Leonard had suffered a sprained knee in the same knee that had a surgically repaired ACL. Then last Wednesday Charnia reported that Leonard Had actually suffered a torn meniscus.
In recent years the messaging around NBA injuries has become increasingly cloudy. Instead of a deadline for recovering from injuries, teams now commonly default to, “We will revaluation In two weeks.” The New Orleans Pelicans announced they were reevaluating In the year 2023, Zion Williamson had hamstring almost 10 times and here is the result He missed the entire season after January 2,
Also, the Pelicans were concerned about the information regarding Willumson’s foot injury last season. The organization originally stated that he would be ready to play on Opening Night. He did not play a single game as the Pelicans dodged reports for the entire season.
In a perfect society, we probably shouldn’t know so much about the body condition of professional athletes. His health should be his own business, except when his job is to perform in front of people. Literally professional athletes are paid to do this. The NFL pays players annual salaries by game check.
Leagues sell the public product of people playing live games. The public pays cable bills, league packages, tickets, parking, concessions, and buys products advertised during commercial breaks to watch it. If part of what viewers are paying for won’t be available, they deserve to know why.
When Donald Glover has to reschedule tour dates, the right thing to do is inform those who paid for tickets broken leg is the reason, The product is him performing his songs live. Those of us who watch the NBA should get the common courtesy of a proper injury update.
Spectators want to see basketball played at the highest possible level. We schedule our days around these games. To tell us that Joel Embiid is hurt but it isn’t serious, and then a week later to go back to the original information does a disservice to those who watch sports.
NBA fans were relieved when the 76ers Brooklyn Nets, This gave Embiid maximum time to recover and prepare for one of the most highly anticipated playoff matchups in recent years, with the 76ers going up against him. Boston Celtics, A historic NBA rivalry in two top-10 media markets, featuring multiple All-NBA performers including an MVP candidate.
The league can’t control whether Embiid is healthy enough to play, but some clear messaging about the injury would be appreciated. Dropping the bomb a day before the start of the series shows a lack of consideration for the people consuming this product.
The way the league messaging has gone this year, we don’t know if Embiid will be able to play in this series. With Leonard, the Clippers took him out before each individual game. I find it hard to believe that the first time he was examined by NBA level doctors, they somehow missed that he had torn a meniscus.
It would have been nice to know that he’ll be out for the rest of the postseason in order to be mentally prepared for what a viewing experience it will be for subsequent games. I have no problem watching an NBA game with the major players in street clothes. It is annoying to be left in the dark about what level of quality one can expect from the product.
Fair warning to all NBA playoff viewers, there will be no clear and unambiguous message about how Embiid is Or Jimmy Butler recovering from his injuries. Maybe they will play or maybe they won’t. You’ll find all the information you need about an event watched by millions of people around the world.