After Kevin Durant's Achilles injury, Mark Cuban urges investment in diagnostic tools

Penny Kmitt
NBC Sports Washington

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Mark Cuban thinks more could be done to prevent tendon and ligament injuries in the NBA. 

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The Mavericks owner tweeted his thoughts just hours after Kevin Durant's Achilles injury in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA finals.

Cuban said the NBA and the NBA Players' Association should be investing more in science that could diagnose and prevent tendon and ligament injury, even if that technology is years away.

His point is hard to dispute. 

Think only of the Wizards' own John Wall: his torn Achilles began with a more minor issue involving bone spurs in his heel.

Those bone spurs eventually shaved away at his Achilles tendon, allowing it to rupture while he was rehabbing from his spur removal surgery. 

Durant's Achilles rupture was also preceded by a lesser injury, characterized as a calf strain.

In subsequent tweets, Cuban called on the league and union to put more money into technology that might have detected risk to the Achilles before a rupture, going so far to call it everyone's responsibility.

Given the seriousness of ligament and tendon injuries, we can only hope Cuban's call to action doesn't fall on deaf ears. 

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