As the experienced and go-to dentist for the LA Clippers basketball team, Mid Wilshire Dentistry has an enthusiasm for the game of basketball as well as a direct link in keeping clients safe and living lives of great oral health. The game of basketball poses many risks to your teeth and mouth, especially if you’re engaging in some of the more physical aspects of the game. Most might not think of basketball as one of the most dangerous activities for your teeth, right up there with any alternative sport you can think of.
One thing we can say is that we didn’t expect there to be any injuries during the NBA All-Star Game, especially none of a dental emergency nature. The main reason behind this is because all of these players are the cream of the crop. Nobody wants to get hurt so close to the playoffs. For the most part, the NBA is a fraternity. The men who perform at that level wouldn’t really have an interest in hurting other players, many of whom have played together on the Olympic team and garnish a certain amount of respect towards each other.
Many people had been sensationalizing the Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook storyline, which has been a prevalent narrative around the NBA all year. People were imagining instances where Russ might not pass to KD, or Russ and KD might have words that lead to an altercation. But nothing happened. Actually, KD threw Russ and alley-oop pass for a dunk. These men are professionals. They respect the game, and, even though they might not be on speaking terms just yet, these two players respect each other at the end of the day.
There’s also the glaring fact that nobody plans on playing defense during the All-Star Game. Players freely admit that they’ll be offensive-minded for the entire matchup. That explains the staggering score this year (192-182 with a Western Conference victory). These guys are out here to have fun and to put on a show, not risk getting physical and hurting themselves or another player.
The types of injuries that would curb an NBA career over the course of the NBA All-Star weekend would be more due to a dunk gone wrong, either during the dunk contest or during the actual game. As far as the dunk contest goes, many high profile dunkers don’t take part. Have you ever seen Lebron take part in a dunk contest? Nope. That’s because it’s a risk. Every time a player leaves the ground, they are risking injury to their feet, ankles, knees, and a number of other crucial components of their body in order to play the game of basketball.
Mid Wilshire Dentistry would also like to take a brief moment to congratulate Clippers player DeAndre Jordan, who took part in the 2017 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest and played in the All-Star Game as a reserve for a Western Conference team that was notably stacked with talent. We continue to take a lot of pride in taking care of our Los Angeles Clippers team as well as the everyday people who make our dentistry practice a worthy endeavor. Of course, if you experience a dental emergency or need to schedule your next checkup, whether you play for the Clippers or not, Mid Wilshire Dentistry is here to take care of you. Call today to schedule with us.