The NBA has come out with a new rule that doesn’t make sense. On Friday September 20, in what Yahoo Sports is calling the “Derrick Rose Rule,” injured players are now required to talk to the media within a week of sustaining a long term injury. Once he has the diagnosis, the whole world is allowed in. The only caveat is that the player only has to talk if it is medically possible. Sorry NBA, this sounds stupid and irresponsible. Who determines what is medically possible?
For example, when Kobe injured his Achilles late in the season, he talked with the media after the game. Yet, the diagnosis was not complete. That means once it was confirmed that Kobe Bryant had a ruptured Achilles, the NBA would require him to hold another press conference.
The other part of this brilliant rule, is that once a player begins to practice again, he has to meet with the press weekly to give updates. Are you serious NBA? Here’s an update. When you see a player on the court, then he’s playing.
Now imagine seeing Derrick Rose for three straight months answering questions about his comeback. Some fans will say, they’re paid millions of dollars, so they should be required to talk to the media. No they shouldn’t.
Does Robert Griffin III ring a bell. He was giving weekly updates about his ACL injury during training camp and it became a media frenzy.
Here’s an idea NBA, if you must require your players to talk, then they should never be fined for anything they say. That would have to be collectively bargained of course.