NBA coach claims concussion brings “pink drawers” treatment


At a time when more than nearly 3,800 former NFL players are suing because of concussions, football is more sensitive than ever to head injuries and their long-term impacts.

The NBA doesn’t have the same degree of risk for concussions, but the reaction of one coach shows the gulf between generations when it comes to dealing with them.

When New Orleans Hornets rookie center Anthony Davis took an elbow to the side of the head in the opener, the league’s protocol kept him from making the trip to Chicago Saturday.

“When you’re dealing with the brain, I guess what’s happening in football it’s impacted everybody,” Hornets coach Monty Williams said, via John Reid of the New Orleans Times Picayune. “So he got touched up a little bit last night and I’m sure that happens a lot in basketball.

“It’s just that now you treat everybody like they have on white gloves and pink drawers. It’s just getting old, but it’s just the way the league is now.”


Williams, who played in the league and said he suffered “four or five” concussions but claimed they didn’t bother him, effectively referred to a man with head trauma as a girl. That’s the kind of ridiculous, thick-headed treatment most commonly ascribed to football coaches.

In 1950.

That it’s blatantly sexist barely registers on the scale of stupid Williams was apparently trying to break.

But wait, it gets worse.

In discussing Davis’ desire to play in his hometown, Williams continued to pile on the backward commentary.

“He wanted to come,” the coach said. “But the rules say you can’t fly. Again it’s a man’s game. We’re treating these guys like they are 5 years old. He desperately wanted to come, but he couldn’t make it.”

The NBA, following the precedent set by the NFL, adopted a new concussion policy in 2011. Davis will have to prove himself symptom-free, then be cleared by a league-hired neurologist, which could cost him several games.

Games, which to his coach, are more important than the long-term health of the first pick in the NBA Draft.

The NBA needs to sit Williams down and make him realize how ridiculous and frankly dangerous he sounds, because he obviously doesn’t know enough about the health concerns created by a thing that inconveniences his ability to fill out a lineup.

And perhaps he should be introduced to some of the players who are struggling with dementia, and realize that at one time, they played a man’s game too.

28 responses to “NBA coach claims concussion brings “pink drawers” treatment

  1. Sorry but there’s lots of people “who are struggling with dementia” that never had a history of concussions and never played in the NFL or NBA.

  2. I think you are being a little harsh and missing the point of Monty Williams comments. This is not the NFL which ignored the effects of head to head collisions. The NBA is telling a man who took a shot to the head you have to prove you are not hurt before you can play. Why not institute the same mandate for boxing. I don’t think you ignore the collision but we should also be monitoring the situation. Then based on the man and what he feels as an individuals.

  3. I don’t see anything wrong with the coaches statements. Williams knew the kid couldn’t go and nothing would change that, so he publicly took the stance that he will support his players wish to travel and play. He’s got nothing to loose by taking that position. Had he echoed the leagues position, maybe Davis develops a little animosity toward the coach?

  4. I agree. What did football players think that smashing together people at high speeds, all who weigh well over 200LBS. Of course your hiring your body/brain. I have always thought the leagues recent attack on concussions is nothing more than a PR stunt.

  5. Great quote, Monty, and I definitely agree.

    Men used to be men in this country. Now they’re increasingly soft and wimpy, and lack courage. Not because we are that way inherently, but because of “society” and “soccer moms” and the entire culture that has “doctors” recommending that teenagers play touch football until they’re 15. America has wittingly or unwittingly manufactured this wimpiness on a nationwide basis.

    If World War II had taken place in 2012 rather than in the 40’s (and with 40’s technology), the outcome would have been in considerable doubt.

  6. Pink Drawers? NFL, sounds like another October article to add to your pink flags! You can start patting yourself on the back for next year.

  7. It appears a lot of the commenters here have also taken a hit to the head. Only, it’s not really just a “hit to the head”, is it? Lets refer to it what it really is. Brain damage. That’s what a concussion is. It is nothing less. And, since your brain is kind of important, and can only heal itself, it takes a little bit of time. If that means a human being with brain damage has to miss a few games of basketball so that he doesn’t suffer long term brain damage, then so be it.

  8. The problem I see with the Coach’s comment is this.., Next time a player is possibly thinking he maybe concussed, the player will try to ignore the problem for risk of thinking that Their own coach will believe them to be soft and girly… Hiding it from the coach and risking long term health issues…
    Hey what do I know though… I’m just a damn Plumber

  9. steviemo says:
    Nov 4, 2012 10:35 AM


    If World War II had taken place in 2012 rather than in the 40′s (and with 40′s technology), the outcome would have been in considerable doubt.

    Naw, the Japs and the Krauts would have met at St. Louis before the government got out the environmental impact statement. 😉

  10. AMEN steviemo! When did men in the USA become latte sipping, baby carrying, hybrid driving, plaid short wearing (plaid shorts are worn by women’s softball teams), boxcar Willie beard sporting wusses? I guess that’s the PC effect on manhood. Really sad. They better build a lot of Smart Bombs because these wimps would cry at real combat. SEMPER FI!!

  11. I think the choice should be up to the player. Educate him about the risks of playing with a concussion, show him what has happened to athletes who have suffered multiple concussions, but these athletes are grown men and the final say on whether they play or not should be their choice to make.

  12. @steviemo

    As your testosterone levels decline with age, you will likely develop a more thoughtful and rational definition of masculinity.

  13. If people didn’t come back and try to sue the leagues or blame them for their injuries, this probably wouldn’t be such an issue. Yeah, these can be serious injuries but if a player would accept that and move on with his life after sports without coming back and holding someone else responsible that would be the “man” referred to in the story. Unfortunately that’s not the case so the league has to take actions to protect itself. It’s not the current players that look weak because of the meassures taken by the leauge, it’s the retired players that are in this day of legal action at the drop of a hat when there’s a possibility of financial gain, IMO. Those old-school players talk like they were bullet-proof yet it seems like every one of them is maimed for life if there’s $$$ involved. Hopefully Williams won’t be suing the NBA over his concusions whenever that ball gets rolling.

  14. The quotes don’t seem as bad when you read the real article and see Monty Williams quotes in their entirety.

    In short, it seems like he understands there’s a protocol and he wants his players protected, but as a coach he obviously has the desire to want his guys to play. He even says he’s being a “baby about it.”

    Sounds like a coach conflicted instead of a coach intentionally being a douche.

  15. I think that most of the people posting here are under the mistaken belief that this is a WWE forum. HULK CRUSH GIRLIE MEN!

  16. Monty Williams is talking about Anthony Davis not being able to even fly with the team. Davis is from the Chicago area and paid for his friends and family to go to the game. It is one thing to not be able to play, but to not even let him travel with the team is a little much. That is what Monty is referring too….

  17. I laugh at these self-proclaimed macho men , the NFL is a flag football league really? I wonder if you would feel the said,e it was your son whose life permanently affected by head injury if you would feel he same way. furthermore out remind me a politicians who are for war because they know there sons and daughters will be sleeping safe In sound in their beds while your kids risk their lives.

  18. Working in the medical field and being hit in the head a few times myself, I know the risk of concussions and I’m 50/50 on the situation, I do believe the player should take his own health into consideration, however if he wants to play he can simply hit any ER, get a CT scan, a radiologist will gladly tell you if your brain needs rest, or if your cleared to play.
    Anybody who’s played sports at any level can tell you the desire to be out there with your teammates, and in the world of sports you don’t want people to ever assume your “soft” because you lose a mental edge over your opponent who will instantly try and dominate you, and if that guy senses any blow to your head may put you out, your getting contact all game long, and thats in any “full contact” sport.

  19. Unfortunately it’s just part of the game. You don’t see professional boxers suing for the brain damage they suffer. They know the risks going in and they are paid well for their efforts.

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