A lot of NBA players are dropping like flies at the moment to season-ending injuries. Amidst the chaos of it all, Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic gave out an appeal to his fellow players to look out for one another’s health and well-being on the court.
The Joker had this serious tone following the Nuggets’ 129-116 win over the Houston Rockets at Ball Arena on Saturday (per Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports).
“The injuries are all around the league. I don’t know what’s happening, I think we need to, first of all, protect each other on the floor, because we are eating the same bread…We can play hard and compete but I think we can play kind of safer,” Jokic said after putting up 24 points, 12 assists, and eight rebounds in the game.
While teammates, of course, are expected to have each other’s backs, the same cannot be said for opposing teams in the heat of the spirit of competition. Some games can be overly and unnecessarily physical, which could lead to a lot of injuries.
Aside from players already missing significant time due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, there has been an alarming number of career-threatening injuries as of late. Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets have had their fair share of those, with Jamal Murray going town to an ACL tear. This was soon followed by Will Barton’s scary hamstring injury.
The condensed schedule is seen as the primary culprit behind it all since more games meant fewer times for players to rest and recover. While the odds are definitely not in their favor at the moment, Jokic believes a little cooperation between the players can come a long way in preventing these injuries.