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SBD/February 28, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NBA's Rise In Popularity This Season Hasn't Yet Translated To Increased Profits
Published February 28, 2012
INJURIES ABOUND: In New Orleans, John Reid noted some coaches have “shortened their shootarounds and eliminated some practices altogether” as they are “struggling to keep players off the injury list.” Still, the injuries “continue to pile up.” The Bulls were “forced to go five games without" G Derrick Rose, who injured his back. Knicks F Carmelo Anthony “missed seven games with a strained right groin,” and Clippers G Chris Paul “returned last week after missing five games with a strained hamstring.” Among the 24 players selected to play in Sunday night’s All-Star Game at the Amway Center, “11 were sidelined with injuries at some point during the first half of the season.” Hornets Coach Monty Williams said, “I just think guys exhaled when the union disbanded during the lockout and guys figured we wouldn’t play until January. But I think it caught a lot of guys off guard, and I think that’s why you see so many hamstrings, sore foot and back issues. Guys were not in shape’’ (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 2/27).