Knee injuries are reaching epic proportions in the NBA. I count 23 players out with knee problems right now. Six of those are out for the season and I count two that are out indefinitely including JO. That doesn't include players that have had knee problems and are back playing now.
There didn't use to be so many injury problems. I think injuries are up in all sports because people start playing seriously at a younger age, thus wear and tear gets to them at younger ages. Plus there is so much money and glory to be won that people just play harder, and are more reckless.
As for knees, what I think is going to happen, or at least should happen, is players should be required to wear knee pads, or wrap their knees, just like they do ankles. Even then I think that would only somewhat solve the problem, because people still sprain their wrapped ankles.
The following is taken from injury lists on Yahoo.com and ESPN.com.
Derek Anderson Day-to-Day Feb. 8 Comment: Anderson sat out Thursday's practice because of a bruised right knee, but will be available Friday night against the Nets, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Chris Duhon Day-to-Day Feb. 11 Comment: Duhon, who may still play Tuesday, is battling a sore knee and back, the Chicago Tribune's Bulls blog reports.
Steven Hunter Day-to-Day Feb. 10 Comment: Hunter sat out Sunday's victory over Denver with a sore right knee, the Associated Press reports.
Jamaal Tinsley Day-to-Day Feb. 10 Comment: Tinsley's sore left knee will keep him out of the lineup until at least after the All-Star break, the Indianpolis Star reports.
Jermaine O'Neal FC Jan 16, 2008 Bone bruise, left knee
Mike Dunleavy Day-to-Day Feb. 9 Comment: Dunleavy bruised his right knee in the first quarter of Saturday's game against Portland and did not return after halftime, the Associated Press reports.
Andrew Bynum OUT Feb. 9 Comment: Bynum (knee) appears to be on schedule with his knee rehab process, despite reports of him suffering a set back, the LA Times reports.
Michael Redd Day-to-Day Feb. 9 Comment: Redd (knee) was back in the starting lineup on Saturday and scored 21 points in a loss to the Knicks.
Theo Ratliff OUT Feb. 11 Comment: Ratliff (knee) is practicing daily, and is still on schedule to return by late February, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Nenad Krstic Day-to-Day Feb. 10 Comment: Krstic (knee) scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds in 17 minutes Sunday in New Jersey's victory over Dallas.
James Jones OUT Feb. 11 Comment: Jones (knee) will miss another three-to-five weeks, according to the Associated Press.
LaMarcus Aldridge Day-to-Day Feb. 10 Comment: Aldridge briefly left Saturday's loss to the Pacers after bruising his right knee, but returned with it bandaged up to play 39 minutes, The Oregonian reports.
Darius Miles SF Oct 30, 2007 Right knee
Greg Oden C Sep 11, 2007 Right knee surgery - out for season
Speedy Claxton PG Nov 2, 2007 Sore left knee - out indefinitely
Adam Morrison GF Oct 24, 2007 Torn left knee ligament - out for season
Paul Davis FC Dec 21, 2007 Sprained right knee - out for season
Shaun Livingston PG Oct 30, 2007 Torn knee ligaments
Alonzo Mourning C Dec 19, 2007 Knee injury - out for season
Herbert Hill FC Oct 30, 2007 Left knee surgery - out 4 to 6 weeks
Sean May PF Oct 6, 2007 Right knee surgery - out for season
Shareef Abdur-Rahim FC Dec 8, 2007 Right knee surgery - out for season
Gilbert Arenas PG Nov 17, 2007 Left knee surgery - out 3 months