Why are you deflecting?
I asked, and you said Bynum. I don't disagree with that (even though Bynum is younger that Pau...) But playing through injury has it's effects, yet you don't want to agree with that, just as long as everything that Pau does is bad.
Playing through injuries has it's effects yeah. But knee tendonitis is never going to go away and near every nba player that has played for an extended period of time is dealing with knee problems.
If your logic is that as long as Pau has knee tendonitis he shouldn't play then Pau should sit out the rest of the season cause it's never gonna go away.
If your logic is that it should be on the severity then ask that question.
Don't ask a black and white question "Do you think someone that's injured should play?"
My answer to that is that it depends on the severity of the injury. Pau will always have it, how much it bothers him and whether he'll play through it is up to him. It depends on the severity of it. But since it hasn't stopped him from rotating when he decides to play with effort I wonder how terrible it is.
I also wonder why it wears off when he plays in the Olympics. And I also wonder why he had such uninspired play for the last 3 years, so I'm not going to blame it all on the knee tendonitis.
He was playing terribly before he even got this, thus my conclusion is that the knee tendonitis plays only a small role in the problems with Pau.
Even if his knee tendonitis heals to about 95% or so, he still isn't going to put up 17/10 because every other issue is still there.
But to answer your question on whether players should play with injuries, I say that it depends on the severity. Playing with injuries has it's consequences, playing with NO injuries has it's consequences so don't try to make it in such black and white terms that can easily be spun in the opposite direction and make just as much sense.
I'm also not going to simplify things down to "playing injured has it's consequences therefore Pau shouldn't play as long as he's injured."
By that simplified logic Pau should sit the entire season since knee tendonitis doesn't ever go away. You're ok with that then? How about retirement? Because there's consequences for playing injured and Pau is never going to be 100% so why even play basketball anymore? By your simplified logic he should do exactly that correct?
Edited by Majesty, December 08, 2012 - 05:42 AM.