Indian Country Today
Anthony Davis. Kawhi Leonard. Giannis Antetokounmpo. Kyrie Iriving.
Those are just a handful of the NBA’s best players and biggest stars that got injured during this year’s playoffs.
I’ve seen some calls on social media for an *asterisk* to be placed next to this year’s champion. That’s a bit too far and also seems to happen every year from some small corner of the social media world. The same was said about the bubble Finals last year.
Injuries happen and at this point of the season, the old adage goes that no one is playing at 100 percent.
Although, even looking back into the regular season, it seemed there were far more injuries than in years passed. This wasn’t lost upon the game’s biggest star, LeBron James.
As we all know, the coronavirus upended the 2020 season and the result was it ended in late October. League officials started the current season less than two months later, just before Christmas.
That left many players who made deep playoff runs, specifically those on the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat with minimal time for rest before having to get back at it.
In a series of tweets in mid-June, James made his feelings on all the injuries abundantly clear.
“They all didn’t wanna listen to me about the start of the season. I knew exactly what would happen. I only wanted to protect the well being of the players which ultimately is the PRODUCT & BENEFIT of OUR GAME! These injuries isn’t just “PART OF THE GAME”. It’s the lack of PURE...”
Hard to question the man. I mean, he’s played the game at the highest level for 18 years and counting and himself was coming off an injury as the playoffs began.
Is there a parallel universe where injuries are just something that don’t happen? Maybe. That’d be pretty cool and being a Marvel fan, I’m a believer in the multiverse.
Of course injuries are super unfortunate but they are also the way of the road in any sport. The unpredictable nature of them makes it frustrating, especially when it happens to someone on your team or the best players.
However, that shouldn’t diminish the accomplishments of the eventual champion here in a few weeks.
So please, keep the asterisks for the steroid users in baseball, which is a whole conversation for another day.
For all the rezball fans out there, I’ve got some good news for you!
For the first time in its 18-year history, the Native American Basketball Invitational will be live-streaming all of its games July 11-14.
124 Native basketball teams from across the country will converge on Phoenix, Arizona and all 434 games across five days will be able to be watched from the comfort of your home.
Stay tuned to indiancountrytoday.com for more updates as the tourney draws closer.