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Jason Kidd: Shortened NBA Training Camps Causing More Injuries

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For more than a week, coach Jason Kidd has watched the injuries pile up, cringing. Not to his team — the Milwaukee Bucks’ regulars, headlined by MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, have been largely healthy — but across the league, where leading players have been dropping like flies.

To Kidd, the NBA’s decision to lop off 10 days of training camp — a move made to stretch out the season, reduce the number of back-to-backs and eliminate four-games-in-five-nights situations, with an eye toward limiting the number of nationally televised games in which teams rest players — has something to do with it.

“We went extremely hard because of the shortened training camp,” Kidd said. “We tried to get guys in shape. That’s one of the big things with a shortened camp. There’s a chance of not being in basketball shape, and you see a lot of injuries, a lot of guys out.”

Source: Chris Mannix of The Vertical

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