NBA players are known to commit the dumbest injuries ever. The latest was Phoenix Suns star Kevin Durant who was just warming up but ended up getting injured. He sustained it after he drove to the basket and attempted a layup. Durant slipped and twisted his ankle, rendering him out for at least two to three weeks.
That is just the tip of the iceberg. Back when Aaron Gordon was still with the Orlando Magic, he underwent jaw surgery. The reason? He and his brother Drew was roughhousing.
Nobody knew how it happened, but it was definitely a dumb way to miss games.
However, the injuries sustained by Durant and Gordon were not, per se, the dumbest injuries suffered by NBA players. Here’s a look at the most face-palming instances that left these professionals bruised, cut, or wounded.
Too Much Video Games
Nba players love games. An example is Los Angeles Clippers star, Paul George. He was such an avid gamer that he and Nike produced a PlayStation-inspired signature sneaker.
However, too much gaming can lead to injury and, worse, end someone’s career.
Just like what happened to Lionel Simmons, a former Sacramento Kings guard. Back in the day, Simmons was an excellent player. He won player of the honors during the 1990-1991 season.
But after that season, he received numerous Did Not Play (DNPs), eventually lasting only seven seasons in the league. Why? Because he contracted wrist tendonitis for playing too much Game Boy.
The condition affects the wrists’ tendons connecting the muscles to the bones. One of its causes is the hand’s overuse.
With what happened to Simmons, we guess that gaming can be harmful, ain’t it?
The next on this list is not caused by the player but by his teammate.
According to Bleacher Report, former Phoenix Suns Kevin Johnson got injured after hitting a game-winning three against Portland. It happened after an elated Charles Barkley bear-hugged him, making him miss several games.
This is probably one of the most ridiculous ways to get injured.
Derrick Rose fell asleep while eating an apple in bed. There was nothing wrong with falling asleep with food on your bed. But in the case of Rose, he was using a sharp knife while cutting it.
So when he grabbed a bottle of water, he accidentally sliced his arm open. It was a nasty cut and required several stitches.
Charles Barkley has done stupid things in his life, but nothing beats the injury that sidelined him in the first game of the Phoenix Suns.
Barkley attended an Eric Clapton concert and accidentally rubbed body lotion into his eyes. The chemicals in the lotion irritated his eyes. Upon checking, it was revealed that he had burned a layer off his corneas.
A ‘Cold’ Way to Leave NBA
Who thought leaving ice on the knees could not affect one’s physical capabilities? That would be B.J. Tyler, who, after getting drafted by the Toronto Raptors in 1995, made the mistake of falling asleep with ice on his knees. It was alleged that it was the reason for his decline and an early exit from the NBA.
According to Knee Force, icing the knees for a long period could lead to frostbite, redness, or even skin and nerve damage.
There is a possibility that Tyler’s knees suffered skin and nerve damage, forcing him to retire without reaching his full potential.
Players Should Not Wash Dishes
One of the dumbest injuries an NBA player could ever have is getting cut just by washing dishes. That is exactly what happened to Brad Miller.
Miller, who was named Western Conference Player of the Week, was extra motivated that day, and decided to do the dishes. Instead of cleaning the plates and utensils, he covered them with blood by cutting his right index finger.
It was bad enough to require nine stitches. The injury also slowed Miller’s momentum that season.
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