Hoot
Years ago

M. Knight cleared to continue playing.

Medical professionals have cleared Matt Knoght to continue playing.

Knight has one year left on his contract with the Wildcats and is keen to see it out.

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Andrew  
Years ago

Great news for him and the Wildcats

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Old time NBL  
Years ago

but should he?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

This can't be right?

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Bol  
Years ago

Very surprising

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Anonymous  
Years ago

I'm no medical expert but I find the result ramarqable to say the least.

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LoveBroker  
Years ago

He should at the very least wear head protection.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Head protection/helmets to nothing to deminish the occurrence of concussion. Concussion is a result of the brain bouncing around inside the skull. Helmets protect against laceration, they do nothing to prevent concussion.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Sad news indeed.

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Thunder Jam  
Years ago

Well I hope he doesn't play for his own good.
If he does play then whoever cleared him better have substantial liability insurance,as he'll be claiming in 10 years time when the effects kick in.

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Wookiee  
Years ago

It's pretty hard to argue with medical advice without any of the actual facts they tested for etc, but it's not like doctors have never got something wrong, or made an incorrect call that a patient has wanted for one reason or another...

So many concussions in such a time frame just can't be good for anyone and with all the information out there about the long terms effects, it's really difficult to understand how they got to this conclusion...

He's got his rings, had a great career, I can't figure how he'd want to risk his life, or at the very least potential impact on quality of life in the future for one last season...

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Zodiac  
Years ago

Who is his doctor Jayant Patel?

If Knight were in any doubt about retiring that last concussion should've convinced him it would be crazy to every play again. This isn't good news really and hopefully he or someone around him comes to their senses before next season starts.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

He shouldn't play on for 2 reasons:

1. He needs to think about his future and his young family.

2. These concussions plus other injuries sidelined him or left him unable to make an impact on the court.

He's had a solid career, time to hang up the boots and think about the rest of his life with his family. Unfortunately career wise he wouldn't have many opportunities after basketball.

It may sound harsh but if he were to play on I would be seriously questioning his character and I'm a cats fan.

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Brett M  
Years ago

With Redhage gone, the Gleason and Marvin may decide to keep him around to provide small-but-quality minutes off the bench. Certainly, I think Brandt will be the starter next season.

That said, I'm very surprised. He has multiple rings, had a great career, and has a young family. Given how easily he seems to concuss, even with medical advice, I thought there'd be a universal agreement on 'no'.

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Wookiee  
Years ago

Hopefully the Cats step in and just call it, or have serious discussions with him to help him come to the decision to hang up the boots for his health's sake if not just for a business reason and that they'd have to plan to miss him for half a season just in cases...

If he continued on, I don't think that would be a questionable character, anon, some pro sports people just don't know when to give it up because it's been such a huge part of their lives and they can't think what to do after it all ends...

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Luuuc  
Years ago

I'm pretty sure the Cats would already have had some discussions with him by now to guide them in their recruiting, since Matt vs No Matt makes a pretty big difference in who they go after.

I'm really torn on this one. He obviously still has good basketball left in him and he is still under contract. As a Cats fan I enjoy winning games a lot more than I enjoy losing them.
But there's definitely a part of me that was hoping for Matt's own sake that he would voluntarily pull the pin. As Wookiee says though, some guys are just natural competitors through and through. It's what makes them so good, but it's also what could make them their own worst enemy at a time like this.

But I can't claim to know better than a medical specialist in that field. I just hope he has a better run of luck with that head than he did this season.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Someone send him a copy if concussion with will smith. End of story this is stupid.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Yes, he should ignore the advice of the medical professionals he has spoken to and watch a Will Smith movie instead. That is the only way he will find out how damaged his own brain is!

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Anonymous  
Years ago

You dumb fool point is we as a species don't know enough about the brain, just that multiple knocks now can cause severe issue slayer on. It's a tie story moron.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

True story* hence the link.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Personally really surprised he got cleared. I'm no expert but was 95% sure he would be forced to retire. Seemed pretty obvious to me and that the doctors findings would make it 'official'. Even after being cleared I think retiring is something he should strongly consider still.

If he decides to play on hopefully he has some luck this season with injuries and head knocks.

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Very Old  
Years ago

a true catch 22, IMHO if he decides to retire his brain is still working, if he decided to play on then he's probably already got brain damage. probably an Insensitive comment, but I realy don't want to see him have to leave the court again next season.

He realy realy should retire if he is financially able to, otherwise suck a season or 2 more salary out of the cashed up cats and do as little risky stuff (like actually play), as he can get away with. To good a bloke to want to see him in a wheelchair or an invalidity pension.

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Ricey  
Years ago

Everyone is acting as if he's already decided his future when in reality all we have is the fact the doctor has said he's cleared. He may also be looking at a second opinion on top of that.

How does him wanting to continue playing one more season make his character questionable?

Why doesn't he have many options after playing basketball? You know what his other interests are, and what his education is? What kind of ridiculous rubbish is this

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Anonymous  
Years ago

"a true catch 22, IMHO if he decides to retire his brain is still working, if he decided to play on then he's probably already got brain damage. probably an Insensitive comment, but I realy don't want to see him have to leave the court again next season."

People used to burn "witches" with that kind of logic!

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Pizza Hut  
Years ago

I have to say, I am surprised and a little worried by this.
That last concussion was little more than a rap, and left him punch drunk, staggering, and collapsing.

The only logical inference is that the multiple concussion have had some kind of cumulative effect. Perhaps damage, or perhaps just weakening of whatever hold the brain I place.

Do I know more about brains than his doctors? Presumably not.
However we should realise that this would not have been a clear-cut decision. The Doctors will not have said "Its safe for you to continue playing." They will have outlined the risks, and collectively they have decided the risks are acceptable. That is where I disagree.

Most athletes retire with niggling injuries. Bad backs, dodgy knees, etc. Its the price they are prepared to pay. No doctor ever said to them that it was "safe" to play another year.
The difference is that a dodgy knee won't stop you being a father or husband, or from having a white-collar career, or give you parkinsons, or put you in a early grave.

I don't want to read in 10 years time that Matty and his family are destitute because they've blown all their money on medical bills, he can't hold a job, and his wife has quit work to take care of him.

3 Championships is enough Matty. Time to give it a rest and enjoy yourself.

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koberulz  
Years ago

The only logical inference is that the multiple concussion have had some kind of cumulative effect.
That's exactly how all concussions work.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

No Ricey, every comment starts with "if he plays on..." no one is assuming anything.

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

The cumulative affect of all them flops has really messed up his squash.

The big man needs to retire.

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Wookiee  
Years ago

Well said, PH... It's not like Matty doesn't have all those regular end-of-season niggles as well, but add the seriousness of his multiple concussions to it all, and it's not being over dramatic to suggest that what you say could be a very potential outcome for him...

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Anonymous  
Years ago

He's got an opinion from a medical expert not the armchair experts here. Up to him from here.

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ROFLcopter  
Years ago

Has he retired yet? FFS?

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