Stern: Injuries and Schedule Unrelated
NBA commissioner David Stern said Monday that he doesn’t believe Derrick Rose’s ACL tear, or the other major injuries plaguing the league this season, had anything to do with a schedule condensed by a lockout.
“I don’t think it’s related at all. Zero,” Stern said on “The Herd With Colin Cowherd” on ESPN Radio.
The New York Knicks’ Iman Shumpert also tore his ACL on Saturday, adding to a list of major injuries that included season-ending back surgery for the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard.
Some players have speculated that a season that was reduced from 82 games to 66 with one day off between the regular season and playoffs played a role.
“When anything happens, that’s going to happen,” Stern said of people trying to find a cause-and-effect relationship. “But I was just reading something from a doctor who said that he just doesn’t believe it. There’s no evidence that the wear and tear … and on Derrick it’s kind of interesting, it was horrible to watch, but he was out. He missed 27 games earlier this year, so he only played in 40 of those games that we had in this quote condensed schedule. So what’s your suggestion?”