This is what I’m talking about when I say players going overseas is risky. Andrei Kirilenko fell to the floor in Russia like a sack of Eddy Curry’s, breaking his nose if not his entire face. J.R. Smith injured himself during opening night in China and needed to be carried off the court into an ambulance. These aren’t the worst injuries. At least not Kirilenko. Despite putting a dent into the floor with his face, he’ll (somehow) only miss two-three games.
But this is what NBA teams risk by letting stars play overseas. If Paul Pierce goes to Spain and snaps his wrist in half, the Celtics lose their star, their captain, and their best scorer, while he should have been shooting stepback jumpers for the Green and White. If Rajon Rondo teams with Kendrick Perkins in Italy and tears his ACL, the Celtics lose their All-Star point guard, floor leader and defensive firecracker, while he should have been stateside trying to set NBA assists records.
The last thing the Celtics need is an injury that happens during the NBA lockout. End this madness. Let’s just play basketball, in the United States.