Whether they are called elbow pads, sleeves or compression stockings, leg or arm protectors are now an integral part of the modern professional basketball player's outfit.
At the Olympics, as in the main championships or national leagues, many players have given in to this fashion launched by Allen Iverson on January 21, 2001 with the Sixers in the NBA.
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That season, the leader-back walks on the water with more than 31 points average per game despite recurring pain in the elbow but he especially does not want to hear about a surgery.
Even if this one is privileged by the medical staff of Philadelphia, it would remove it from the grounds of too long weeks.
"As you know with Allen, once the players saw him play with him, they imitated him"
Lenny Currier, former Sixers fitness trainer
" believes it has found an alternative.
He arrives on the ground with a protection slipped around his right arm.
Its manufacture is artisanal: the player simply cut a piece of flexible tape to wrap around his bruised elbow.
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