Mark Cuban thinks more could be done to prevent tendon and ligament injuries in the NBA.
The Mavericks owner tweeted his thoughts just hours after Kevin Durant's Achilles injury in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA finals.
Cuban said the NBA and the NBA Players' Association should be investing more in science that could diagnose and prevent tendon and ligament injury, even if that technology is years away.
The take away from last nights finals gm should be that the @nba & PA invest in research into diagnostic tools that allow for proactive analysis of tendons and ligaments so that we can pre-empt the devastating injuries @KDTrey5 , @boogiecousins, @jjbareapr @kporzee,@WessyWes23— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) June 11, 2019
His point is hard to dispute.
Think only of the Wizards' own John Wall: his torn Achilles began with a more minor issue involving bone spurs in his heel.
Those bone spurs eventually shaved away at his Achilles tendon, allowing it to rupture while he was rehabbing from his spur removal surgery.
Durant's Achilles rupture was also preceded by a lesser injury, characterized as a calf strain.
In subsequent tweets, Cuban called on the league and union to put more money into technology that might have detected risk to the Achilles before a rupture, going so far to call it everyone's responsibility.
But it’s now time to invest as a league, even if results may be 10 or 20 years away , we would benefit players who are coming into the league now. It’s our responsibility to the players who make this league so successful— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) June 11, 2019
Given the seriousness of ligament and tendon injuries, we can only hope Cuban's call to action doesn't fall on deaf ears.
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