Bojan Bogdanovic was one of the brightest spots of Brooklyn's second half resurgence last season. Earlier this month, Bojan himself said that he expects to play a bigger role in the Nets' offense this season. Needless to say, the health of Bogdanovic is of paramount importance to this franchise.
But somehow, the player the Nets waited so patiently to get to come over to the NBA, a guy who they had enough confidence in to try to fill Paul Pierce's shoes, is being allowed to play after taking just one day off due to a concussion. How are the Nets letting this happen?
As ESPN's Mike Mazzeo pointed out on Twitter on Thursday, Bogdanovic is 5-for-24 from the field and 2-for-13 from deep in his last two games with Croatia. That doesn't sound like the player we saw shoot 51.3 percent from the field over his final 25 games in 2014-15. Then you remember: he sustained brain trauma less than a week ago. No one sees a problem with this?
We've learned a lot about concussion over the past decade. There is no such thing as a mild one. An injury of this magnitude deserves to be treated with extreme caution, and it doesn't seem like that's the case here. FIBA doesn't have any concussion protocols in place, and in this instance, Croatia is essentially relying on the word of Bogdanovic to tell the team how he feels. A guy who desperately wants to compete for his country, potentially at the risk of his own health.
What's worse is that no one seems to care. Don't get me wrong, I know we're in the throws of pennant race baseball here in this town. Football season kicks off Thursday night, and even the NHL is closer to opening training camp than the NBA is. I understand that the status of a basketball player during an international competition isn't really pinging on the radar right now. But that speaks volumes about not only the Nets' standing in this town, but the flippancy the entire situation is being addressed with. Someone has to wake up and say something.
I know I'm not a doctor, and I know I haven't examined Bogdanovic. So maybe I am unfit to make a judgement on what's right in this situation. But when you stop and think about it, this just doesn't feel right, does it?