Last Friday, Hornets rookie sensation Anthony Davis suffered a mild concussion after taking an elbow to the head from his teammate, Austin Rivers. As a precaution, Davis was not allowed to fly with his team to Chicago on Saturday. Hornets coach Monty Williams was not happy about that, and expressed his displeasure in perfect crotchety-old-football-coach fashion. From ESPN Chicago:
"When you're dealing with the brain, I guess what's happening in football has impacted everybody," Williams said before the game. "He got touched up a little bit last night. That happens a lot in basketball. It's just that now they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers and it's getting old. It's just the way the league is now."
"It's a man's game," Williams said. "They're treating these guys like they're 5 years old. He desperately wanted to come, but he couldn't make it."
White gloves, pink drawers, and a vociferous reminder that basketball is indeed a man's game? It sounds like Monty Williams got a little Bear Bryant in him. But don't worry—Williams is a meta-curmudgeon, too:
The NBA is doing what's necessary to protect the players, but this is not the NFL. You don't get hit in the head that much. I understand it. But as a coach, I'm a baby about it. I want my guys ready to play. That's basically the bottom line; I'm just a baby."
So: Don't whine about concussions, and certainly don't whine about whining about concussions. And don't even ask about knees.