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Did the Lockout Hurt This NBA Season?

Sports 2012/05/02 16:00:00
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The strike/lockout-shortened NBA season doesn't seem like a big deal on the surface. After all, basketball fans got their NBA programming back this past Christmas, along with back-to-back-to-back games. With less games than typically played (66 games compared to regular 82), many thought the regular season would be as taxing on players as the 82-game season is. Well, they may have been wrong.

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard was all kind of banged up heading into the playoffs, before ultimately ending his season due to a herniated disc in his back. Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was banged up all season with multiple injuries, culminating in a devastating ACL tear in Game 1 of the playoffs that seriously impact's him and his team's future. Promising New York Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert suffered the same fate as Rose.

Shumpert's teammates Amar'e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin also suffered through injuries -- although Stoudemire's recent ailment was stupidly self-imposed. NBA commissioner David Stern has said he doesn't believe the shortened NBA season has anything to do with the rash of injuries, even if evidence points to compacting a bunch of games in a short amount of time to that problem. Whether it's true, false, or somewhere in between, two of the NBA's top young stars in Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose aren't in the playoffs for a reason. Is it bad luck or bad scheduling?


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  • brittany 2012/05/07 22:38:37
    No
    brittany
    does it look like it hurt anything?
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/05/07 20:47:59
    Yes
    Christopher Kirchen
    Neither side is in the right in this situation; both sides make more money than they're worth, so they should both sit down and shut up.
  • Tennessee3501 2012/05/06 23:13:27
    Yes
    Tennessee3501
    O course it hurt, but the baseball strike of 1994, and the NFL strike of 1982 have proven that season shortening strikes are not fatal to the sport. The NBA has and will continue to rebound (pun intended)!
  • Stan Zebell 2012/05/06 20:31:24
    No
    Stan Zebell
    But, I generally don't make a habit of spectator sports.
  • Resp 2012/05/06 05:10:11
    Yes
    Resp
    Yes. I lost all interest in professional sports because of these overpaid whiners.
  • Bob DiN 2012/05/05 14:41:54
    Yes
    Bob DiN
    Lockouts and strikes alway hurt sports.
  • Dave 007 2012/05/05 12:35:30
    Yes
    Dave 007
    +1
    The lockout hurt some, but having a league that only cares about it's superstars, really hurts. And since most of the superstars are black, that even hurts more.
  • dimwit 2012/05/04 17:11:11
    No
    dimwit
    No. It didn't hurt a bit. Why would the players need camps to get into "work" shape when they have so damned much money, they should finance their own camps.
    Had they done so, there wouldn't be so many of them folding up because of injuries.
  • Aksana 2012/05/04 10:01:37
    Yes
    Aksana
  • Deb Thiessen 2012/05/04 08:14:49
    Yes
    Deb Thiessen
    +1
    Actually I have no idea if the lockout hurt the NBA. I don't watch basketball and had no idea there WAS a lockout, and I honestly don't care either. Yet another batch of over-paid, over-valued jocks that I don't give a damn about.
  • GotAProblem 2012/05/04 04:41:41
  • metalmike13- Trust No One 2012/05/04 00:32:46
    Yes
    metalmike13- Trust No One
    +1
    But not as much as the whiny prima donna players like Bron, Carmello and Dwight who only will accept playing for team X
  • El Prez 2012/05/04 00:23:49
    Yes
    El Prez
    +3
    The season AND some of the players. More serious injuries than ever.
  • Gryffindor53 2012/05/03 22:08:32
    Yes
    Gryffindor53
    +1
    I'd say this question deserves a big "Duh!" As much as I love watching basketball, I'm sorry to say though that it really doesn't matter: Stern decided long ago what teams are going to play for the finals.
  • bella 2012/05/03 21:10:42
    Yes
    bella
    +1
    maybe it's just my way of thinking but there have been a lot of injured players and it is pretty tiring play almost every other day with barely any rest.
  • mike j 2012/05/03 18:16:36
    No
    mike j
    +1
    it was way too long and got boring before the finals , this season has been just right , major games often enough to keep intrest high and then getting to the play offs.
  • carlai 2012/05/03 17:05:03
    Yes
    carlai
    +2
    FAR TO MANY EGOS INVOLVED ONES WHO PLAY AND THE ONES TO WRITE THE CHECKS
  • tinaje 2012/05/03 17:03:02
    Yes
    tinaje
    +1
    Of course it did, a 50/50 down the middle is EVEN but, too many Egos & Spoiled people in 1 Big Melting Pot. Derek Fischer is a Savvy Business Man.
  • George Spilly 2012/05/03 16:54:46
    Yes
    George Spilly
    +1
    To tell you the truth I want to wait til the end of season.But anytime you try to make a season with 60 games in small period of time it will hurt.But let me see more into the playoff and see how the older players bodies will react.Plus also the younger guys nas well.
  • Nate Hubert 2012/05/03 16:41:49
    No
    Nate Hubert
    +1
    We care way too much about sports anyway.
  • Dasher 2012/05/03 16:19:38
    No
    Dasher
    +1
    I don't follow basketball. Is it still in season?
  • Shuki 2012/05/03 16:18:03
    Yes
    Shuki
    +1
    Too many games back to back to back in such a short amount of time and barely any recovery time between each set was a guaranteed way to have a spike in injuries. Nothing good came out of the lockout. Just frustration on all sides.
  • Jermaine Pollard 2012/05/03 16:12:12
    No
    Jermaine Pollard
    +1
    I think it shouldve lasted longer and just had a 50 game season with a shorter playoff
  • Calm down! 2012/05/03 16:06:15
    Yes
    Calm down!
    +1
    Everyone is used to a 82 game season. This season was just too short and weird! I'm getting sick of all of these spoiled gangster brat players! The 80's and 90's had the best players by far!

    New generation sucks
  • jacktown kid 2012/05/03 14:54:52
    No
    jacktown kid
    +1
    Injuries could happen at anytime
  • EmoMcParland 2012/05/03 12:05:58
    Yes
    EmoMcParland
    +3
    I agree; I'm a Bulls fan & upset about Rose
  • Dave 007 EmoMcPa... 2012/05/05 12:36:40
    Dave 007
    +1
    If Rose didn't get hurt, you probably would have voted no.
  • EmoMcPa... Dave 007 2012/05/08 01:29:32
    EmoMcParland
    No their are others that have been hurt too; Jermaine O'Neal, Paul Pierce, J. Noah, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billips, Baron Davis Jeremy Lin, Iman Shumpert, Dwight Howard,
  • ben Whiting 2012/05/03 06:20:41
    Yes
    ben Whiting
    +1
    skrew the lock out man all i wanted to se was my boiz ballin again and whats with these dudes hurting each other seriously if they wanna do that start a fricken fight club
  • JohnT 2012/05/03 04:46:29
    Yes
    JohnT
    +1
    I am hoping next year they will just cancel the season take their little ball and go home.
  • Corsair 2012/05/03 03:33:41
    Yes
    Corsair
    +1
    It was stress on the fans because they pay good money to watch their teams, it was strenuous on the owners, and players partly because of the negotiations, and partly due to pressure on the court as well which may have resulted in some of the best players being benched because of injuries since the pressure is on them to perform their best in a short period of time in the season.
  • Cal 2012/05/03 01:46:52
    No
    Cal
    +2
    People actually watch the NBA?? LOL. That's news to me....
  • Bearish~PWCM~ 2012/05/03 01:26:20
    No
    Bearish~PWCM~
    +3
    Having no class and acting like spoiled children is hurting all sports..
  • ShiniesToaster3var 2012/05/03 01:07:15
    Yes
    ShiniesToaster3var
    +1
    Umm, duh! I like how many of the "No" commemts are from people who dont even watch/enjoy basketball..
  • Bill 2012/05/03 01:04:21
    Yes
    Bill
    +1
    What is the NBA? Is it important?
  • Jimbo 2012/05/02 23:23:24
    Yes
    Jimbo
    +2
    I hope so.
  • gone i guess 2012/05/02 22:33:18
    Yes
    gone i guess
    +1
    of course
  • L1 2012/05/02 22:02:38
    No
    L1
    +1
    It did but not as much as the baseball strike did back in 1990s did.
  • cents-less 2012/05/02 19:16:08
    No
    cents-less
    +1
    The NBA had lockout?
  • Bob DiN cents-less 2012/05/05 14:44:56
    Bob DiN
    Who knew, who cares?

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