puffyusaf#2 wrote:What the hell is up with the injuries over the last 3 years?
Bad luck mostly, but to try and come up with some reasons I'd say
Lakers went from being one of the youngest rosters to one of the oldest between 09 and today, they've signed a handful of journeymen players who are essentially bodies for hire who have been bounced around the league but never had the benefit of being with a dedicated team long enough to ensure their overall conditioning and health is in a good place(some franchises are notoriously less reliable than others in this department). This is in conjunction with the coaching changes going from a team that prided itself on playing a structured and careful style of basketball to Mike Brown's whatever the heck Mike Brown thinks is basketball to Mike D'antoni's clown-ball. Health and longevity in this game are heavily influenced by consistency and clearly defend expectations and commitments. The Spurs are the text book example of this where you have players who are so in tune with what they need to be doing that their individual risks are mitigated as much as possible. Contrast that to the Lakers revolving door of starters, D-league call-ups and whatever else, on any given night any given player is having to exert themselves that much more and try and show up in a way that they may or may not be truly prepared for.
One thing that stands out to me is how most of the injuries this season have not been anomalous, once-in-a-career type fluke injuries(like say having a teammate collide into your knee, dislocating it type thing) the fluke is that they've all occurred on top of one another which I think if you peer into the circumstance of this team over the past few years, you can come up with a couple of thoughts as to why that's happened.
Then there is Vitti. I don't mean to blame him, I think he is very good at what he does, but I do question sometimes if he and his staff have stayed on the cutting edge of treatment and therapy options. As fans we always tend to assume that the millions of dollars of medical resources at their disposal should always be as sharp and effective as possible but we see it across the league all the time when training staffs are using antiquated methods or otherwise seemingly less competent than you'd expect they should be. It is possible that where Vitti and his team were exemplary 5-6 years ago they've since slipped in some way or another.