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Coach Slams NBA’s Concussion Policy, Says Concussed Players Should Have ‘Say-So’

The dynamic between a coach wanting his player to compete, regardless of whether the player’s well-being was at risk, was on full and sickening display over the weekend.

New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams ripped the NBA’s concussion policy after center Anthony Davis, the league’s No. 1 draft pick, missed a game for evaluation purposes after taking an elbow to the head from teammate Austin Rivers.

‘‘Now, they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers and it’s getting old,” Williams told the media. “It’s just the way the league is now.’’

Williams continued:  ‘‘It’s a man’s game. They’re treating these guys like they’re 5 years old. He desperately wanted to come (to Chicago), but he couldn’t make it.’’

The coach then backtracked slightly, showing his ignorance as to whether concussions affect everyone the same.

‘‘I’m not saying I don’t like it. We’ve got to protect the players, but I think the players should have more say-so in how they feel. I’m sure I had four or five concussions when I played, and it didn’t bother me.”

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NBA Reacts Decisively to Punish Metta World Peace for Elbow that Caused Concussion

The NBA didn’t pull any punches, so to speak, in suspending Metta World Peace for seven gaames after his elbow, which caught fellow basketball player James Harden flush, and caused a concussion

Commissioner David Stern considered Peace’s track record and the viciousness of the hit on Oklahoma City’s Harden, who has been held out of several regular season games because of the injury.

“I can tell you that it’s some combination of art and science,” Stern said during a conference call with the media. “We look at the previous penalties. We look at who’s involved in the altercation. We do take into account the seriousness of the injury and whatever else was in the atmosphere, and then it just becomes my job to decide what it should be. If I were looking inside from without that, I would agree with everyone who has an opinion, but at the end of the day, it’s my job to make the decision and then move on, and hopefully we can.”

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