The latest casualties of the condensed lockout season are the Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose and New York Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert. Both players suffered season-ending ACL tears on the first day of the NBA playoffs on Saturday.
A torn ACL most often occurs during sports with sudden stops or changes in direction, according to Mayo Clinic, like basketball, soccer and tennis. The ACL is also more likely to tear if the knee is bent backward, sidewise or twisted, which can often happen in contact sports, according to the NIH.
Rose will likely miss playing in the Olympics for the United States as well. Coincidentally, both players are Adidas pitchmen, along with Magic center Dwight Howard, who is also out of the playoffs after having back surgery.
Is this all dumb luck, or is someone to blame for the rash of injuries in the NBA this season?
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