The Boston Celtic injury bug is apparently contagious. In a year where Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Chris Wilcox and Jermaine O’Neal have undergone season ending surgeries and Ray Allen and Paul Pierce are playing through infirmities, Doc Rivers is now coaching through a back ailment that may require a procedure in the offseason.
Rivers said he has been diagnosed with a herniated disc and that he took an epidural to relieve the pain.
“It’s been going on for about four weeks,” he said. “I think it was in Game 4 or 5 against Philly that it really got bad, so I just went in and took the shot.”
Earlier in the day five Detroit Pistons staged a mini protest after the NBA trade deadline past and they still found themselves still playing in the Motor City. Tracy McGrady, Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace and Chris Wilcox did not show up to the shootaround and came up with lame excuses as to why. McGrady was out with a headache, Prince had the stomach flu, while Wilcox overslept and Hamilton apparently missed the bus without a reason. Two other players, Austin Daye and Rodney Stuckey, showed up to practice as it was ending.
Head coach John Kuester has reportedly been battling with some of his players all season. During the second quarter of Friday night’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Kuester was ejected after getting called for two technical fouls. Three players could be seen laughing at the ejection, including McGrady, Wallace, and Stuckey.
Here’s the video of some so-called professionals: