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Week In Sports: Players React To Grim Shooting News

Dec 15, 2012
Originally published on December 16, 2012 1:43 pm



This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Of course, the news this morning is dominated by yesterday's events in Newtown, Connecticut. And while we're covering the shootings throughout the program, there is other news, even sports, which is sometimes called the great diversion. And maybe this is a good moment for that diversion. NPR's Tom Goldman joins us now.

Tom, thanks for being with us.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: My pleasure, Scott.

SIMON: A hard morning. Many people in sports had exactly that reaction and shared their reactions to what happened in Connecticut.

GOLDMAN: They did. Yes. Sports did go on with recognition of what happened. There were moments of silence in arenas. At a Brooklyn Nets home game the video screen showed a candle and the town seal of Newtown. And as you mention, a number of athletes did comment on Twitter. Most of the messages were ones of shock and condolence. But there were some that went beyond that too.

LeBron James said: Something has to be done. Land of the free, BS. NFL punter Chris Kluwe, one of the most outspoken athletes in major pro sports said: The way we deal with this tragedy will tell us a lot about where we're headed as a society. Do we only address the symptoms, i.e., just gun control laws, or do we also address the disease, how we treat each other and those who need help?

High profile athletes, Scott, often are guarded when it comes to social and political issues, not yesterday, though.

SIMON: Let me ask you about the L.A. Lakers. They've lost six of their last eight games. Now, they won last night, but it was just against the Washington Wizards, which doesn't make it exactly a statement game, now is it?

GOLDMAN: The Wizards have the worst record in the NBA. So, no, the narrow 102-96 win is not exactly a statement. But for L.A., any win is important right now. It ended a four game losing streak. And L.A.'s troubles really have become the story in the NBA a quarter of the way through the regular season.

There was so much expectation with the addition of stars Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. But right the Lakers are only the third best team in all of California, with the L.A. Clippers and the Golden State Warriors up in the Bay Area surging.

Many Lakers supporters are taking the half-full approach, saying you really can't judge this team until point guard Nash and big man Pau Gasol get back from injuries, which should be soon. But when they do, there's a heck of a lot of work to do on offense and defense.

And can new coach Mike D'Antoni adjust to fit the personnel he's got? L.A. is a slow team. That's been painfully obvious. Can he temper his love for up-tempo basketball to fit who he's got on the floor? These are smart, skilled basketball players, Scott, several of them destined for the hall of fame. We will find out just how skilled and smart they are.

SIMON: Let me ask you about what could be a big change in college basketball. Seven Catholic schools from the Big East, including the big ones - DePaul and Georgetown, are reportedly planning to leave the conference, form a new, basketball-focused league.

GOLDMAN: It's a dramatic move by schools that don't play football at the highest division, who are fighting back against all the conference realignment that's been going on based on football programs. Breaking away could benefit these seven and maybe more in a new conference in terms of attracting bigger TV money and top recruits.

They feel the alternative is to stay in the Big East. And with schools coming into the Big East that don't have top basketball programs, there's the very real risk that the conference's great basketball tradition and reputation would become second rate.

SIMON: And an uplifting note this weekend, for the NFL. Now, normally when a running back suffers an ACL tear, it ends his career. But this season we have a couple of running backs who have made a terrific recovery from that injury.

GOLDMAN: Absolutely. Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, he's leading the NFL in rushing by more than 300 yards. Jamaal Charles, playing for Kansas City, having a horrible season, obviously, still is fifth in rushing. Both are coming back from major knee injuries last year. And both are challenging the conventional wisdom that it often takes a couple of seasons, if the athlete comes back at all, to fully recover and play the way they did before.

I talked to Dr. John DiFiori, chief of Sports Medicine at UCLA. He says the latest research shows 30 percent of high caliber athletes with ACL reconstruction get back to their sport. And of those athletes, 30 percent get back to their previous level. So he says Peterson and Charles, you're talking about the exception of exceptions. Quite a story. And Peterson is in the conversation for NFL's most valuable player this season.

SIMON: Yeah. Well, good to talk to you my friend. NPR's Tom Goldman, thanks as always.

GOLDMAN: You're welcome. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.