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Frank Slade
10-20-2005, 06:15 PM
NBA considers league-wide standard for team physicals

October 20, 2005
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA is considering a league-wide standard for physical exams following the death of Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier.

Individual team doctors from each of the NBA's 30 franchises currently determine the physical exams for their players.

``The medical protocols employed by our teams have traditionally been left to the best practices of team physicians,'' NBA spokesman Tim Frank said. ``However, in light of recent events that have occurred not just in the NBA but in other sports as well, we think it is prudent to follow up with our teams to find out what the norms are across the league.''

All players get physicals before training camp, and some teams use echocardiograms to detect heart problems. But not all teams use the tests and the league has no standard for physicals, the USA Today reported Thursday.

The 28-year-old Collier died Saturday after he had difficulty breathing at home. His agent, Richard Howell, said Collier may have had an enlarged heart.

San Francisco 49ers lineman Thomas Herrion died of a heart attack Aug. 20 following a preseason game in Denver.

A number of NBA players have had heart-related problems, including New York Knicks forward Eddy Curry. The Knicks recently acquired the 22-year-old Curry from the Chicago Bulls, more than six months after he had an irregular heartbeat that caused him to miss the final 13 games of last season and the playoffs.

He was traded after refusing to take a DNA test to determine a possible genetic heart problem.

Minnesota guard Fred Hoiberg had open heart surgery in June and will miss the upcoming season. Houston forward Juwan Howard developed viral myocarditis, an infection of the heart, after getting the flu late last season, and required six months rest.


10-20-2005, 06:20 PM
Wow this heart stuff is getting serious!! Hope everyone's going to be alright. Kinda scary though.

10-20-2005, 07:13 PM
This year has seen more changes and prospective changes, then in the last decade of NBA History...


I'm all for it...

10-20-2005, 07:40 PM
standardized testing seems to make some sense.

As long as teams can still control thier own medical care I can't see why the NBA requiring some form of standard physical should make a differance.

10-20-2005, 07:56 PM
Because requiring NBA players to undergo physicals is racist haha. Why not? everything else is racist.

Frank Slade
10-20-2005, 08:07 PM
Because requiring NBA players to undergo physicals is racist haha. Why not? everything else is racist.

Don't even start that stupid :censored: .

10-20-2005, 10:52 PM
I was being sarcastic because players seem to be calling every proposed rule racist.