Originally Posted by Frank Foley
Not your finest moment, DK. Concussions are serious business, and doctors are only now starting to realize the long-term side effects. The studies are terrifying--even sub-concussive trauma is enough to make your brain shrivel up, if it's over a long period. Look at what happened to Junior Seau, or Ray Easterling, Chris Benoit, and it stops being so funny.
Basketball isn't football, but the fact is the dude had a concussion, and shouldn't be in a rush to get back. Pau doesn't have clearance from the team doctor, and so he can't play per the league's concussion policy. Rushing him back from having his face nearly caved in would be needlessly risky. The concussion policy is actually a good thing, and there's no need to frame things in terms of macho he-man nonsensical bullshit, if you'll pardon the French.
I have no problem with you calling me out on this one.
Concussions ARE a very serious issue, and yes there are a ton of serious cases of permanent damage from guys in actual contact sports.....not basketball.
This is PAU we are talking about, he is a hypochondriac, he's either scared or just doesn't want to play. There is no way on earth that he still has legitimate issues from that little bump to the head.
As for getting cleared by the doctor.....come on, if he says he has a headache, dizzy or is sensitive to light then the doctor has no choice but to keep him out, it only has to be verbal, no visual bruise or any x-ray required, just Pau's word.
I had a concussion once (Explains a lot huh
) and I had no signs within a couple days....it was a much bigger hit than Pau took.
I have absolutely no doubt that Pau is milking it, he didn't take a hit like Harden, nor Karl Malone knocking out David Robinson. Heck, if Pau keeps this up he'll be out longer than Rudy T.
Bottom line again, Pau is a known hypochondriac who milks the crap out of every injury.