As a veteran, rookie or future draft pick, now is the time for players to ask coaches to introduce stellar resources that will explain individual total disability insurance policies and how having these policies in place, will protect their incomes and futures.
October 3, 2013
"A career ending injury can happen in a second and players must be prepared," says Frank N. Darras, disability lawyer to the pros.
Whether fans know it or not, basketball camps and training camps are open across the nation. NBA players and coaches are in college towns and on campuses all across the country. Suddenly spotting several men towering over 6'8" tall, in a restaurant or lobby, could be the unannounced appearance of your favorite NBA stars.
The clinics offered by the NBA across the country are wrapping up this week. According to NBA.com, Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Dave Joerger and forward Mike Miller have teamed up to offer basketball camps to youth located in Nashville and the surrounding areas on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (NBA.com, Coach Joerger and Mike Miller to offer youth basketball camps in Nashville, October 1, 2013)
Other NBA teams like the Washington Wizards are wrapping up training camps at George Mason University in preparation for the preseason. Their first game is against the Brooklyn Nets (who are training at Duke University) at the Verizon Center on October 8, 2013, as reported by WizofAwes.com.
"Since it's a glorified exhibition game, I wouldn't expect the veterans to get much playing time, but it'll still be interesting seeing Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett perform in a Nets uniform. Of course, the main attraction will likely still be the battle of the point guards," says Ben Mehic, reporting on the Wizards pre-season. (WizofAwes.com, NBA Preseason 2013: Washington Wizards Preseason Schedule, Times, And Analysis, October 2nd, 2013)
With the NBA pre-season officially starting on October 5, 2013, players are charged up and excited to compete. Maxwell Ogden, feature columnist at BleacherReport.com weighed in on some rising stars in the pre-season. He mentions Brian Roberts of the New Orleans Pelicans and his average of 17.0 minutes per game last season and admits that it is unlikely for there to be an identical story matching Roberts'.
There are three rookies Ogden thinks everyone should keep an eye on:
- Shooting Guard Vander Blue of the Philadelphia 76ers
- Point Guard Isaac Canaan of the Houston Rockets
- Power Forward, Erik Murphy of the Chicago Bulls
"It is an exciting time in the NBA and what a great opportunity for these rookies to show their talent and dazzling ability at the professional level. The world truly is at their fingertips," says Frank N. Darras, disability lawyer to the pros.
"I think back to the 2013 NCAA Midwest Region finals last season and the horrifying broken leg Kevin Ware of the Louisville Cardinals sustained. It just takes one split second to ruin the chances and futures of promising players due to a devastating injury. That is why I continue to stress, that every player, whether a rising draft pick in the NCAA, a rookie or veteran NBA player, have an individual total disability policy in place to protect their incomes," says Darras.
"As the top disability insurance lawyer in the nation, I have seen how athletes with God-given talent, ability and the potential to have fun and make a ton, have been broadsided by an accident that derailed their athletic careers, their dreams and their incomes. In addition, devastating injuries come with overwhelming medical bills," says Darras.
"My best advice - and it's free advice - is for these players to encourage their coaches and leagues to provide stellar resources to educate them about total disability and own-occupation disability insurance protection that can save their incomes and lifestyles should a career-ending injury occur," says Darras.