It seems that many big name NBA players are dropping like flies as the season opener approaches. The Spotrac research team has created a list of the big name players with the amount per game teams would pay the players for every game that was missed.
Obvious notable players missing action are Derrick Rose, Dirk Nowitzki, Danny Granger, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, Amar'e Stoudemire, Manu Ginobili, and John Wall to name a few. Some of the players injuries are causing them to miss substantial games in 2012-13 because of injuries sustained in the shortened, body-grueling season that came after a lockout in which players weren't able to prepare adequetly. Others are sustaining injuries as the pre-season concludes for one reason or another; coulb be the off-season being way to short for professional athletes to heal properly.
The NFL/NFLPA is all about player safety right now. At what point will the NBA/NBPA realize their star players, the faces of the league, are hindering their franchises and the league itself from growing because the league wishes to have as long of a season as possible with little rest to recoup/rehabilitate. It might be time to about shortening the regular season to preserve the players and the game's competitive play.
|Avery Bradley, BOS||$1,630,800||$19,888||Out indefinitely, shoulder|
|Derrick Rose, CHI||$16,402,552||$200,031||Out indefinitely, knee|
|Dirk Nowitzki, DAL||$20,907,128||$254,964||Mid Nov, knee|
|Corey Maggette, DET||$10,924,138||$133,221||Out indefinitely, Calf|
|Danny Granger, IND||$13,058,606||$159,251||Out indefinitely, Knee|
|Grant Hill, LAC||$1,957,000||$23,865||Out indefinitely, Knee|
|Chauncey Billups, LAC||$4,000,000||$48,780||Early Nov, Achilles|
|Darrell Arthur, MEM||$3,006,217||$36,661||Out indefinitely, Leg|
|Luc Mbah a Moute, MIL||$4,794,192||$58,465||Out indefinitely, Knee|
|Ricky Rubio, MIN||$3,741,120||$45,623||Early Jan, Knee|
|Kevin Love, MIN||$13,668,750||$166,692||Early Dec, Hand|
|Amar'e Stoudemire, NYK||$19,948,799||$243,278||Mid Dec, Knee|
|Al Harrington, ORL||$6,687,400||$81,553||Out indefinitely, Knee|
|Channing Frye, PHX||$6,000,000||$73,170||Out indefinitely, Heart|
|John Salmons, SAC||$8,083,000||$98,573||Out indefinitely, Personal|
|Manu Ginobili, SAS||$14,107,492||$172,042||Out, Back|
|Raja Bell, UTH||$3,480,000||$42,439||Out indefinitely, Personal|
|John Wall, WAS||$5,915,880||$72,144||Late Nov, Knee|