The original rules of basketball included this: "No shouldering, holding, striking, pushing, or tripping in any way of an opponent." James Naismith wrote that in 1891 when the nascent sport didn't allow dribbling, and no one could have fathomed how the game above the peach basket would evolve.
And it's that perspective -- more than 10 feet -- and the size and speed of the players that now try to squeeze on the court, that explains why Andre Drummond, one of the biggest and strongest players on the team, could suffer a concussion at practice last Friday.
The freshman, considered one of the best high school players in the country last season, sustained a broken nose and a mild concussion, and was kept overnight at the UConn infirmary.
The Hartford Courant's Dom Amore adds that "It still appears unlikely that Drummond, who will be fitted with a mask on Monday, would be cleared to play in the exhibition game against AIC on Wednesday, five days after a concussion. UConn practiced o...