Rodney Stuckey: What He Means to the NBA

March 5th, 2010 by J.T. Axelrod Leave a reply »
Tonight, Rodney Stuckey suffered what TV analysts called a "violent seizure." During a TV timeout 2:30 into the third quarter, Stuckey fell into his strength and conditioning coach's hands.

First off, I want to say how very sorry I am for him and his family that this occurred. Best wishes to them.

This event made me realize something about the NBA—they don't care as much as they should about the well-being of their players. The league that is more of a victim to this is the NFL, but that's different because of the physical nature of the sport.

The NBA should be focused on getting the best players into the league and keeping them there.

When Eddy Curry was traded to the Knicks in 2005, it was mainly because he refused to take a DNA test to see if he had congenital heart disease. This trade should have never been necessary, because the NBA should have done a better job at assessing whether Curry had this condition when he was first brought into the league.

Even if they missed it when he first was drafted, the NBA should have forced Curry to take the test when his employer, the Chicago Bulls, asked him to.


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