Most sports leagues now have some sort of concussion protocol in place. As we finally step into the 21st century in the sporting world, people are acknowledging that head injuries are bad. But athletes are not as willing to sit around waiting to be cleared by doctors after suffering a concussion. The Dallas Mavericks' Chris Kaman expressed his displeasure with the NBA's concussion protocol this week.
Kaman told Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News that the protocol was a "bunch of crap." Kaman is currently dealing with a concussion and working the pass the battery of tests the NBA throws at players. He doesn't like the tests while acknowledging that he is still not 100 percent.
“Hopefully, it’ll progress, I’ll take that test, pass it and hopefully be able to play sooner or later,” he said. “I’m tired of sitting around. I’d rather be playing, but at the same time, I understand there’s a proper way to do things medically to keep people safe.”
Kaman suffered the injury more than a week ago and likely still won't be playing for a few days. He says he is still suffering minor headaches, and that fact will likely keep him on the sideline.
Kaman is averaging 12.4 points and a 6.2 rebounds per game this season. In his career, he has averaged 11.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.