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Your Morning Dump… Where we’re not buying the league’s story about Jeff Green

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) June 27, 2012 Injuries, The Morning Dump 14 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

As part of a ruling in a trade disclosure dispute between the Boston Celtics and the Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA Commissioner David Stern today awarded the Celtics a 2013 second-round draft pick held by the Thunder. Stern found that there was no evidence of bad faith or any intent to withhold information on the part of Thunder management or its physicians, but that Oklahoma City’s cardiologists were in possession of information about Jeff Green that was not shared with Thunder management and that should have been disclosed to the Celtics in connection with the trade of Green in February 2011.

Under NBA rules, teams are required to disclose to each other in connection with trades any information in their possession or control about a player’s prior injuries, illnesses, or other health conditions that could affect the player’s ability to play NBA basketball at any point in the future. Green had surgery on his heart in January 2012 and did not play during the 2011-12 season.

Official NBA statement via newsOK.com

Immediately upon hearing the news, both Chuck and I took to Twitter for our own rants, which I will continue here for a moment.

In my mind, there are really only two plausible scenarios:

1)  The statement is a bunch of spin… Oklahoma City’s cardiologists DID tell management about a heart condition but said it was nothing imminent and it would just have to be monitored.  OKC kept quiet when it came time to move Green.

2)  The statement is accurate… Oklahoma City’s cardiologists DIDN’T tell management about any heart condition, leading to a lack of disclosure when it came time to make the trade with the Boston Celtics.

The Thunder were punished, so clearly there’s some wrong-doing going on.  Now we get to the point of how far do you actually believe this goes.

I have a hard time believing any good cardiologist wouldn’t tell management about a professional athlete’s heart condition.  The man’s job inherently stresses his heart, forcing it to pump harder and fuel more body mass and movement than your average heart.  It’s like looking at a potential weak spot on an NASCAR racer’s tire and thinking it’s nothing.   Sure, it’s nothing when you’re driving to-and-from the grocery store in suburbia, but it’s something when you’re doing 200 mph for 500 miles.

So either OKC management knew something, knew it would be undetectable for a while, and knew it would be someone else’s problem… or the statement is accurate and the cardiologists had information that they didn’t pass along.  And that’s unfathomable to me.

If that is indeed true, then I think that cardiologist needs to have his license reexamined.  Like I said, this is a professional athlete.  This person’s heart is under an inordinate amount of stress on a daily basis.  To have information on that and not pass it along to his employers is almost criminal.

There is plenty that just doesn’t add up here.  I’m not buying this explanation at all.

Thanks for the second round pick, but this goes way beyond that.  I just wonder if we’ll ever get the answers we’re looking for.

The rest of the links:

WEEI:  Mock Draft version 2  |  Free agent options at SG  |  ESPN Boston:  Draft profile: 2nd rounders  |  Grantland: The music in Royce White’s head  |  Herald:  Short on Bigs  |  Locals hope to get call  |  Doc thinks positive on KG’s return  |  Best of the bunch:  Centers  |  Globe:  In like a lamb  |  Team of Huskies  |  Bird stepping down  |  Pistons deal Gordon to Bobcats for Maggette  |  NBA fines Stoudemire $50k for gay slur in tweet  |  Enterprise:  With 2 first round picks, Celtics have options 

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  • Chuck – Red’s Army

    I’m really disappointed with the media reaction to this story so far. They better start digging.

    I realize laws prevent doctors from speaking on a person’s condition, but someone needs to start applying pressure.

    All it takes is a simple statement by the hospital or doctors saying that they supplied OKC team management with ALL of the information. And then the pressure will fall on Presti.

  • Aaron

    Just think about poor Jeff Green. You have to assume he was never told about his heart condition, or else he probably would have done something about it.

    So not only did they keep this info from the Celtics, but possibly Jeff, too.

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  • Adam

    What about Jeff Green!?! You would surely expect that you tell a person if he has a heart condition…!? No matter how small or big it might be.

  • DJisintheHall

    OKC management is inherently shady. Just by the way they got to OKC.

  • Jason

    I think it’s probably somewhere in between. The Thunder cardiologist may have detected something but since his condition is so rare, ruled out the possibility of it being so threatening. It is not that implausible to think that it just requires close monitoring and that it should be fine. He had to pass a physical by the Celtics too remember. Even when the problem was detected, the Celtics doctors had to re-examine him multiple times to be conclusive.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Being sued for malpractice is the #1 concern of any doctor…whether they`re willing to admit it or not.

    To even suggest that a cardiologist would knowingly conceal his findings from his employer or his patient, is ludicrous.

  • colaroaster

    Applaud management for keeping a tight lip. Jeff knew and said something after the trade. Shame on Stern and his bs cronies.

    Although more pressure from the media would expose the truth. Then rescinding the trade with this years OKC’s 1st rd pick is a no brainer.

  • classless

    This is kind of a big deal, considering the Celtics were rebuffed after asking for Westbrook and had to settle for Green.

    • KY Celts fan

      I thought they wanted Harden?

      • Lee in Oregon

        They did.

  • Vince

    Punishment is not a late second round pick. This is a joke and if they really knew about this and didn`t say anything, there should be more compensation coming.

  • eja117

    sound logic

  • skj3309

    Its a distraction gift from bad refing in playoffs to give heat the championship