The NBA has been decimated by injuries all season long, and the post-season has been no exception.
Mike Conley, Anthony Davis, Donovan Mitchell, Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard... the list goes on. Star after star has been injured and missed time during the playoffs, and we left quite a few names off of that list.
So why are players dealing with injuries at an alarming rate? Lakers star LeBron James thinks he has an answer.
King James took to social media on Wednesday to give us his thoughts, and the finger was pointed straight at the NBA.
So, if you ask LeBron, the reason for all the injuries is tied directly to a shortened offseason and lack of rest. He has a point.
The Lakers' final game of the 2019-2020 season was played on Oct. 11th. Their first game of the 2020-21 season was played on Dec. 22nd. That is a span of 72 days. The break is even shorter if you factor in that the Lakers' first preseason game was on Dec.11th, and they showed up for training camp on Dec. 5th. Oct.11 - Dec. 5th, that is a span of just 56 days.
For comparison, go back a year and the 2019 champion Toronto Raptors played their final game on June 13th, and the first regular-season game of the next season was played on Oct. 22nd. That is a span of 131 days.
So, the offseason every NBA team had to endure in 2020 was about half of what they were used to. The injuries are no surprise.
Zach Collins, Jamal Murray, John Wall, Victor Oladipo, and Donte DiVincenzo are just some of the names that we lost for the season at various points this year.
While it's a well-known fact that injuries are a part of the game, there is little doubt that a lack of a true offseason, 72 games packed into a compact season, and overall issues in preparation led to more injuries this season.
Hopefully, it changes next season when the NBA returns to its normal schedule, but even that is up for debate.