Larry Miller and Chad Buchanan Discuss Medical Staff on Courtside
By caseyholdahl Posted in: chadbuchanan, larrymiller
Both Larry Miller and Chad Buchanan were guests on Trail Blazers Courtside on Tuesday night to discuss multiple topics. One topic came up in regards to the teams medical staff (begins at 11:30):
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When we landed in Sacramento, Joel Przybilla was whisked away in a separate car, as we know he has the bone spurs on the ankle and then he tells us he was a guinea pig for this European cold sauna where it is 200 degrees below zero. How often do you guys try new things, or are open minded when it comes to grabbing a veteran like Joel, and throwing him in to try new stuff?
Acting General Manager, Chad Buchanan
: Our medical staff is very good about that. They're constantly searching out, whether it be within the regional market, national market, the world market, of new ways to treat players, to prevent injuries and care for injuries. That's one example of what Jay and our medical staff do, with Joel on the trip. In Phoenix, they saw a different cryogenic machine they used on Joel. They are constantly searching out there for new ways to prevent injuries and care for the injuries.
It's not like this just now happened.
Absolutely not. Jay and our doctors are not out there publicizing the efforts they are making. That's not what we're about. That doesn't need to be put out there. The privacy issue with our athletes is important to us. The integrity of that is important to Jay and all of us. Those guys are constantly, the contacts they have out there nationally and in the world, different specialists treating different parts of the body, looking for new ways to treat injuries. It's an ongoing thing with our staff and we encourage that and Jay is terrific at searching out those people.
Larry, there has been some high profile injuries over the past couple of years, they get most of the headlines. To talk to Joel Przybilla... who is a warrior and respects Jay... I think there is a perception that the team is snake-bit, or the most injured team in the NBA, and the facts don't support that, do they?
Team President Larry Miller:
I would like to address the fact that there have been unreliable reporting by some in the media that was based on some information that came from someone who was unethical, unprofessional and some in the media took that information and ran with it and, unfortunately, painted our medical and training staff in a bad light. I want to make it clear that we are 100 percent in support of our medical and training staff. We know we have one of the best medical and training staffs anywhere, not just in the NBA but in all of sports.
It's really a travesty that some of these media folks would pick up on something that had no substance to it and a source that was really questionable and run with that. I want to make it clear that we are 100 percent in support of Jay Jensen, Dr. (Don) Roberts, Dr. (Tim ) Reis, Bobby (Medina), the entire staff, we are in 100 percent support of those guys.
To the point that Chad was making, our guys are constantly looking for how can we better serve our players. They are always looking for new resources, whenever there's an injury, we don't just rely specifically on our guys, we talk to doctors on other teams. We talk to doctors on other teams, people in other parts of the country, to get multiple opinions on what's the best way to treat our athletes. I think it's, like I said, a travesty that our medical and training staff has been painted in this negative light.
Portland in fact has the fewest games missed in the top 9 players this year.
In past years, we've had some injuries that we've battled through but this year has been one of the healthiest seasons we've had in a long time. When you look at the rotation players on each team we've had the fewest number of games missed of any team in the league. I think Jay has done an outstanding job. You look at Gerald Wallace. When we traded for Gerald Wallace he'd battled a lot of injuries kind of the nature of the way he had played. He'd hurt almost every bone and joint in his body throughout his years in Sacramento and Charlotte. He came to us -- he was with us for almost a full season -- I think he played with us for almost a full season, 71 games and he played in 69. One of those games we sat him.
Not just Gerald Wallace. Marcus Camby also had a reputation as a guy who had that tag on him as a guy who doesn't play in a lot of games.
Absolutely. There are teams out there -- Yao Ming is a great example -- that have battled through injuries just like we have. That's just part of the NBA. That's part of sports. You're going to have some injuries we're going to have to deal with. Unfortunately we had them to two big marquee, players, but when you look at the big picture I think our medical staff has done an outstanding job keeping our guys on the court.