Nikola Mirotic hopeful NBA looks for way to minimize injury risks
There have been a lot of key injuries this season for quite a few NBA players. Why exactly is this happening at such an alarming rate? New Orleans Pelicans newly-acquired power forward Nikola Mirotic is one of those players who missed a big chunk of time with his own serious injury this season.
“Having in mind that too many NBA players got seriously injured, and recovery period takes up to 10 months,” Mirotic said. “We should think of something to prevent such injuries. All players along with NBA key people should be united in finding best solution for minimizing risk of serious injuries.”
Mirotic, who was traded from the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 1 to the Pelicans, suffered a concussion and multiple facial fractures when he got into a physical altercation with Bulls power forward Bobby Portis. It wasn’t until Dec. 8 that Mirotic made his season debut for Chicago.
In his first four games donning a Pelicans uniform, Mirotic has put up some pretty solid numbers during his brief time with New Orleans. The 27-year-old power forward is currently averaging 14.0 points on 38.9 percent shooting from the field, 9.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.5 blocked shots per game in roughly 36.5 minutes of action per contest in February.
He might not nearly be the offensive threat that New Orleans injured center DeMarcus Cousins was this season before he ruptured his Achilles, but Mirotic will play a huge role in the Pelicans’ playoff push.