lakerfan2 wrote:That could have happened the first minute of his first game back. These types of injuries happen.
Now if it were an injury that were spontaneous, I would be more suspect to MDA.
This is my biggest problem with this argument.
You throw a healthy body out there and sure, a fluke injury could occur within minutes of setting foot out on the floor.
But we're not talking about that particular possibility. We already have an underlying predisposition of medical history. Kob was coming back from an injury....an injury that needed to be monitored since it was previously considered to be the kiss of death towards an athlete's career.
The injury is just one aspect of a layered problem. Kobe is at an accelerated age and is now in his 18th season in the league. Then take into consideration the type of seasons he's routinely had where he's played about 2 months more than the majority of his peers. Then take into consideration the abridged summers he's had with his commitments to the Olympics.
Bottomline is that Kobe's wheels have significant wear and tear. You put a healthy Kobe out there and no one is pointing fingers at MDA for playing him 30 minutes per. That would actually be applauded. Instead, you have an aged Kobe recovering from an injury that is playing more minutes than necessary.
Knowing Kobe's medical history, MDA threw him in and added 10 minutes of playing time to the 20 minute quota that was given upon his return. His responsibilities are not to camp out on the perimeter and wait for an open jumper or to roam (and hide) on defense....he's put on ball duty immediately and asked to produce from that position for about 30 minutes per.
After an injury, isn't recovery part of the healing process? You don't just step off the operating table and step onto the court. Its those baby steps that lead to a proper rehabilitation.
Upon introduction back to the court, the same principle should have applied. Bring Kobe along slowly via games to get him back into game shape. Get a good sweat, bump that blood pressure and condition him to playing 20 efficient minutes....then and only then, bump it to 25, then on to 30. That's common sense.
Its true that within the first minutes of stepping foot back onto the court, Kobe could have gotten re-injured. But he had to log that minute to get injured. Logging more minutes increases your chance of re-injury. That's the point! Limit minutes and you limit the chance of re-injury...and it absolutely boggles the mind that fans just don't realize that.
Its entirely on the coach to distribute minutes responsibly amongst his players. MDA fails and continues to fail in that regard. This isn't the first time we've discussed MDA's rotations/doghouses. Dude has been a poor judge at minute distributions. How can any Lakers fan dispute this?
Its absurd at how he HAS handled Kobe and how he continues to handle him upon his short-lived return.