Oh I'm paying attention.
I'm paying attention how Jon was feeling good enough to play a pickup game vs. Bob Sura (funny isn't it, he always seems to feel good enough for summer pickup games yet can't ever seem to be good enough to play real games) & felt so good that game that he drove & bumped knees.
Thus he couldn't play.
Then I noticed after a month had gone by how it was no longer the knee that he hit vs. Bob, it was now that he had not had the proper ligimate development as a child & this was causing him to run funny & of course soreness.
Then when he still had not come back it was now that his knee was so bad that his patella was floating around & could be moved from side to side. (BTW medically speaking if the patela becomes detached it does not just heal on it's own)
Then I paid attention to the fact that Jon once again was well enough to play in summer pickup games.
Then I saw how he came to our summer league team, played one game of what the announcers called uninspired basketball & then went home to rest so he didn't overdo it.
Then I saw how he was once again how he felt good enough to play in pickup games & a charity game.
Then I saw him come to camp & on alternate days be good to play, then be sore (which I can understand, this is normal).
Then I paid real close attention to the paper when they once again attributed last season to bumping knees with Bob Sura, which is what they said to begin with.
I'm sorry, I'm just going to call bunk on the whole knee is floating loose thing. If that were the case it does not heal on it's own & then if it does heal that's what it is, healed. It will not alternate from injured to healed day after day.
Soreness? Yes, probably all the time.
I wouldn't have a single problem, well yes I would but I would just try & ignore him, if whenever he came back from his self imposed vactions that he just was a bench player who played was there as a fill in. But whenever he comes back he is given a spot in the rotation that someone else has earned. We were going to start him vs. Miami over Austin Croshere.
Now I know your no big fan of Austins & that's fine, but even Jons biggest supporters & Austins biggest detractors have to admit that Austin has played solid steady basketball this year. Jon's played 8 min. Now I admit in those 8 min. he looked pretty good.
I'll just be honest in my gut I think that Bird is just going to have to sit down with Jon & tell him that he has to play through the soreness.
But either way, at least I paid attention.