I think everyone needs to remember that every time you step onto the court - doesn't matter the duration you're putting yourself at risk for getting injured. People rupture/tear all kinds of things playing sports in high school, college, professional leagues.
What is so special about 48 minutes to your body anyways? Kobe, especially having played bball all his life/whatever other injuries he was secretly nursing or had recently may have had this injury or something else happen regardless of his minutes (unless he was playing 0 minutes). It could have happened within the first five minutes of the game, in practice, in the first game of the season, with Phil as coach, maybe even 17 years ago.
I think putting the blame on MDA is a little ridiculous as well as are the conspiracy theories with the FO telling doctors to not cite overuse as a contributory factor. There's a million things that could have happened and/or contribute to him popping his tendon and they may or may not have added together to cause this. Why don't you blame Nike for making poor traction on his shoes and making him lose his balance just enough that it made his muscles tense up or something? Etc. You can go on and on.
Getting injured is an unfortunate huge risk of playing any sport or engaging in any type of physical activity. It seems like it is really hard to predict when something is going to go (at least in this day and age). Maybe in the future they'll have some sensitive tests that are cheap and can be done weekly to screen athletes for potential structural weaknesses but that obviously isn't the reality now.
Rooscooter wrote:^^ If you follow your own thought process through then you should be pissed at the GM.... he's the one that turned down trades that would have deepened this team allowing the "older ones" more time on the bench....
I don't like MDA one bit but he's just the Conductor.... and he's playing with a Jazz quartette rather than an entire orchestra.
Never said FO isn't to blame. Never liked that we didn't use the injured players exception. That was a head scratcher....unless Antoni said he wouldn't use that player anyways, which isn't beyond the realm of reality.
Ultimately, it's the coach's job to manage players' minutes, of which Antoni failed to do miserably. Don't forget, Nash is also out.
It's not coincidence that our oldest players are injured this late in the season. And its not like we haven't complained about the PT of our olderst players all year long.