Nolan Smith had to be stretchered off the floor in Las Vegas Tuesday night after suffering a head injury late in a Summer League game. Smith was having a great game with 27 points before he smacked his head on the stanchion. Smith was taken to a hospital for evaluation where he was diagnosed with a concussion but he will leave soon.
At first glance, this injury did not look that bad but people in attendance said Smith was having a bit of trouble responding to the doctors. He landed right in media row after hitting his head, which gave reporters a good look at what happened.
Head injuries are extremely scary and I am glad to hear that Smith will be released from the hospital with no further damage. That injury could have been worse and Smith might have suffered permanent damage after hitting his head like that.
Injuries like this are rare in basketball, considering how easy it would be to run into the support like that. I guess we can say we are lucky that we have not seen more injuries off of something like that. Luckily, an injury suffered in a situation like that is rare.
Smith has a chance to get some playing time this year, so hopefully this injury will not sideline him for long. The Summer League is a valuable tool for him to get playing time and hone his craft. Missing games will suck, but at least he leaves with his health.