Doctor: Don’t panic about LeBron James possibly having a concussion


LeBron James said he had a headache after colliding into a camera, cutting his head and causing bleeding.

That revelation heightened many observers’ concerns about LeBron having a concussion and whether the Cavaliers properly followed the NBA’s concussion protocol – which LeBron said he did not go through.

After all, Klay Thompson was cleared to return to a game in which he took a hit to the head, complained of a headache afterward and then was later diagnosed with a concussion.

But Dr. Ben Wedro of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Gundersen Clinic and says not to conflate the situations.

“I think you’re allowed to have a headache when you hit your head,” Wedro said. “That’s allowed.

“He had a scalp injury. Lacerations or cuts hurt. So, you’re allowed to have pain from the injury but not necessarily your brain.”

Thompson was also vomiting, another symptom of a concussion.

Wedro and I agree that players suspected of having a concussion should not return to play the same day. But unless LeBron revealed other symptoms of a concussion that weren’t apparent on television, there wasn’t significant concern he suffered a concussion.

“We lead with our head a lot in life. We bump our heads. Kids fall down and hit their heads,” Wedro said. “We protect them as much as we can, but everyone gets hit on the head on occasion, and not everyone gets a concussion.”

It seems the Cavaliers reasonably allowed LeBron to return to play. Still, should continue to be monitored in case he develops delayed symptoms.

“That doesn’t meant you have to hold people sort of in a bubble until you decide X amount of time has gone by that they won’t develop symptoms,” Wedro said.

NBA Finals Game 4 phantom cam top plays (video)

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Game 1, Game 2 and Game 3 of the NBA Finals were exciting because they were so tightly contested.

Game 4 was a romp, but it was much more aesthetically pleasing – especially when you watch these phantom cam highlights featuring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, LeBron James and Matthew Dellavedova.

Draymond Green: My mom and grandma told me I’m whining to referees too much


Draymond Green said, if he played to his level, the Warriors would have been up 3-0 in the NBA Finals.

But I didn’t think that was good enough. The Cavaliers had done plenty to bother him in Golden State in the first three games, and Green shouldn’t have just assumed he’d magically get back on track.

He didn’t.


I know the amount of work I’ve put in over my life, over the course of the summers, this year. But I just wasn’t feeling confident at all. And I knew coming into this game, I had to be more confident.

We actually had a day off yesterday, and Coach Kerr gave us 30 minutes to shoot if you wanted to shoot. And I took an hour. And I wasn’t leaving this gym until I felt comfortable. And I shot a lot of pull-ups, mid-range jump shots, floaters and 3s.  And I just shot until I felt comfortable, and I was able to come out with more confidence.

You can say you’re going to come out more confident, but if you don’t put the work in, it’s hard to come out more confident.

That wasn’t Green’s only change.

He was also asked about talking to the referees less in Game 4. Green:

You noticed that?

My mom and my grandma told me I’m crying too much. Leave the officials alone and just play. They got you out there looking like you’re a punk and don’t know how to play basketball.

And then you sit back and watch, that’s what I was doing. The fact that you asked me that question even further lets me know that that’s what I was doing.

So, I just told myself, I’m going to come out and play and whatever happens, happens.  Don’t argue the call.  It’s not getting overturned, so why continue to argue and waste energy on that?  I’ve got to waste, expend enough energy dealing with these guys.  Don’t really have time to try to argue with the officials and all that stuff.

However many more games they win this series, the Cavaliers have already accomplished something no other team has: They’re forcing the Warriors to play with supreme energy and focus.

Not that the Warriors have never been challenged before. But they’ve never been pushed like this. That is totally because of Cleveland.

Because the Warriors haven’t had to answer that call previously, there was some doubt whether they could. Green showed that he can.

If and the Warriors continue to do so, they’ll probably win the series. But if they slip at all, the Cavaliers are good enough and tough enough to pounce.

David Lee barks at chirping Matthew Dellavedova (video)


Matthew Dellavedova is a pest.

That’s a big reason he made it in the NBA as an undrafted free agent. It also explains why he thrived in Game 2 and Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

But it seems the Warriors – including David Lee and Stephen Curry here – are growing tired of Dellavedova’s act.

And if he keeps shooting 3-for-14 in Cavaliers losses, the adoring public will turn on him, too.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr: ‘I lied’


After the Warriors’ Game 3 loss, Steve Kerr said he didn’t anticipate changing his starting lineup. Asked again yesterday morning, he said Andrew Bogut would start at center. Asked yet again yesterday pregame, Kerr said there would be no change to Golden State’s starting lineup.

Well, Andre Iguodala started for Bogut in Game 4.


We made the decision this morning. And so when I was asked today – I think Tim Kawakami asked me if Bogut was starting – I lied.

No, I did. I mean, I lied.

I figure I have two press conferences on the day of the game, so I’m asked a lot of strategic questions. So my options were tell the truth ‑ and I was asked both at shootaround and before the game. So, if I tell the truth, it’s the equivalent of me knocking on David Blatt’s door and saying, “Hey, this is what we’re going to do.” I could evade the question, which would start this Twitter phenomenon. Who is going to start for the Warriors? Or I could lie.

So, I lied. Sorry.

But I don’t think they hand you the trophy based on morality. They give it to you if you win. So, sorry about that.

Not every coach could get away with this without major backlash. Kerr will.

He has a great relationship with the media overall, and he put this in the most friendly tone possible. Everyone will laugh this off.

But this should be an important lesson to reporters and readers of those reporters.

I believe most professional coaches and athletes would prefer to be truthful publicly. But they have priorities that rank far above being truthful publicly.

So, many of them are willing to lie publicly if it helps achieve something they deem more important – like winning a championship or securing the best contract possible. That willingness only increases when they’re granted the cloak of anonymity. Then, they can lie with little to no repercussions.

If a reporter had granted Kerr anonymity to leak that Golden State wouldn’t change starters, not only would he have still thrown off the Cavaliers, Kerr wouldn’t have to answer for his lie. We’d never know he was the source.

Situations like that play out countless times. Sometimes, it’s possible to verify a claim given by someone granted anonymity. But sometimes, it’s not. If no assistant coaches or players were talking, nobody could have successfully checked whether the Warriors actually were keeping the same starting lineup. It would have been easy for Kerr to find a reporter willing to publish “Warriors won’t change starters in Game 4, according to a source.”

But Kerr attached his name to his lie, and that’s a big reason he should escape this without backlash.

Kerr isn’t competing to explain his game plan to the public. He’s competing to win a championship.

If you don’t understand that – and this extends especially to any reporter who would have allowed Kerr to anonymously leak that the starters would remain the same – that’s your fault.