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New Orleans coach criticizes NBA concussion policy

November 4, 2012
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CHICAGO -- New Orleans Hornets big man Anthony Davis remains day to day as he recovers from a mild concussion suffered in Friday night's win over the Utah Jazz. Hornets head coach Monty Williams wasn't happy that Davis didn't make the trip with the Hornets for Saturday's game against the Chicago Bulls.

"When you're dealing with the brain, I guess what's happening in football has impacted everybody," Williams said before the game. "He got touched up a little bit last night. That happens a lot in basketball. It's just that now they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink [shorts] and it's getting old. It's just the way the league is now."

 Davis, on the wrong end of an accidental elbow from teammate Austin Rivers in Friday's night's game, was looking forward to playing in his hometown. He attended Perspectives Charter High School before going to the University of Kentucky and winning a national title last season.

"It's a man's game," Williams said. "They're treating these guys like they're 5 years old. He desperately wanted to come, but he couldn't make it."

Williams believes the players who suffer the concussions should have more of a say in whether they play or not. Williams acknowledged that he suffered several concussions in his career but wasn't bound to the restrictions that players face today, including not being able to fly with concussion symptoms.

"I'm not saying I don't like (the policy)," Williams said. "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. The NBA is doing what's necessary to protect the players, but this is not the NFL. You don't get hit in the head that much. I understand it. But as a coach, I'm a baby about it. I want my guys ready to play. That's basically the bottom line; I'm just a baby."

By Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com


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