Basketball is one of the most popular sports today. Like any other sports, playing basketball carry the risk of injuries affecting the players’ and even the fans’ desire to play and follow the sport. In professional basketball some injuries could be career-ending– a fear most players have to deal with on a regular basis.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is one the most popular basketball leagues in the world and all young players want to be part of the league and have a career in the American pro league.
It comes with risks however, and prospective pros have to think twice about the possible injuries they might suffer while playing in the pro league.
Let’s look back to some of the most unforgettable NBA injuries of all time.
Joel Pryzbilla Raptured and Dislocated Pattela
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Joel Pryzbilla played for the Portland Trailblazers. During their game against the Dallas Mavericks in 2009, he raptured and dislocated his patella when he landed incorrectly on his right leg from trying to grab an offensive rebound.
Pryzbilla missed the remainder of that season after surgery, and his career was never really the same after that.
Baron Davis Knee Injury
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In the horrific injury, Baron Davis tried to grab a rebound and after he marched up on the court. He tried to make a shot, but his knee buckled and he went down as he extended his arms while making the shot.
Davis was remove by the team in the off season and was still rehabbing as late as 2014. The injury was the end of his career, as he’s never played a second in the NBA again
Shaun Livingston Breaks his knee
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Shaun Livingston played a decent season for the Los Angeles Clippers before the horrifying injury happens. Livingston breaks his knee after it completely bent to the other direction.
Livingston tore his anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate, suffered collateral ligaments, and dislocated his kneecap.
He was out in the league for a couple of years and but suddenly, through the help of his doctors, Livingston recovered and he was a vital piece in the championship run of the Golden State Warriors couple of seasons ago.
Paul George breaks his ankle
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During a practice game for Team USA in 2014, George tried to block James Harden’s lay-up, but he ended up breaking his leg, bending it at 90 degree angle. The practice game was immediately stopped as everyone inside the court left in shock.
George missed most of the game of the following season but somehow he managed to recover, and right now he is trying his luck to achieve his Olympic dream.
Andrew Bogut Dislocated his elbow
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Andrew Bogut played for the Milwaukee Bucks for his first stop in his NBA career. During their game against the Phoenix Suns in 2010, the Australian tried to go for a dunk in the second quarter. He landed bone-wrenchingly to his arm resulting to a dislocated elbow, a broken hand and a sprained wrist.
The injury restricted him for the rest of the season couple of years back, but he managed to recover. In fact, he was chosen to play basketball in 2011 for Australia, when he was able recover into the game and properly rehab the injury.
Here are just some of the most unforgettable injuries in the past decade. There are some other injuries that happened before and after these things happened. These incidents remind and teach us that we should add a little precaution in playing basketball.
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