It’s a good thing that the NBA appeares to be taking concussions very seriously, because head trauma has become a prevalent theme in recent weeks. The latest victim: New Jersey Nets rookie Damion James, who suffered a serious, Grade 1 concussion that will keep him sidelined for a few games. From Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger:
During today’s shootaround, Avery Johnson offered a little insight into the concussion suffered by Damion James. Unlike the one Anthony Morrow suffered Friday — which was only a mild concussion that had no lingering symptoms — James’ concussion sustained Saturday is far more serious.
“He still has headaches, he still has a concussion,” Johnson said. “It’s not concussion-like symptoms, he has a Grade 1 concussion.”
As has been made abundantly clear through a number of related NBA injuries and the innumerable concussions suffered in the NFL, this is nothing to mess around with. The Nets are wisely approaching James’ concussion with the appropriate gravity, but even more important than this specific instance is the acknowledgment that there could be some negative systemic factors at work. Good on the league for addressing an issue that’s sadly common.