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DOCTORS ENDURE KNICKS AND BRUISES OVER FORMATION OF PTP
Published June 1, 1998
While Knicks' team doctor Dr. Norman Scott helped form a LLC called the Association of Professional Team Physicians (PTP) over a year ago, he "angered" Knicks execs earlier this year when he "seemed to trade on his authority over the fate" of Knicks C Patrick Ewing, according to Nick Paumgarten of the N.Y. OBSERVER. Scott, who has now enlisted more than 70 doctors from teams in the NBA, NHL, MLB and WNBA to join PTP, gave an interview to the N.Y. Times, discussing Ewing's playing injury "in some detail," and Paumgarten writes that what "angered" the Knicks was Scott's "thinly veiled use" of Ewing "as bait." Paumgarten: "Although they deny it, Dr. Scott and the numerous other pro team doctors involved in the venture seem to be trading on their relationships with their teams to build a brand name for themselves. And the brand is devoted, in large part, to generating profits. For that reason, many doctors in the sports medicine establishment are wary of [PTP] and skeptical of its intentions." But MSG President Dave Checketts, who is a co-founder of PTP and a member of its four-man board, said he was "unaware of any tension" over the Ewing incident (N.Y. OBSERVER, 6/1). DR. BILL: Paumgarten reports that "many team doctors" in N.Y. are "wrinkling their noses at the scent of commercial gain" posed by PTP and "many" of them, including "some of the top names in the sports medicine business," have declined Scott's invitation to join PTP. But the PTP's members have gone to "great lengths to downplay the profit angle and portray their association" as one committed to the principles of education and research. PTP will begin to market "sportcare" products and plans to accredit sports clinics and develop a product stamp of approval. PTP will shortly introduce a line of orthopedic supports and braces under the brand name Stardox (N.Y. OBSERVER, 6/1).