The NBA is a different game than the NFL, but the rules of the game remain the same.
That includes the league’s top doctor, Dr. Faustus.
He’s not just a regular doctor, though.
He is the NBA’s spine doctor.
His specialty is diagnosing injuries, especially in players.
He specializes in back injuries, and it’s one area he can help fix, he said.
“When I look at the game, I look for a player’s back,” Faustis said.
So why is the league so secretive about the doctor who oversees their spine?
The NBA is trying to keep the lid on the information surrounding its doctors, so it can keep the game safe and keep their careers intact, league officials said.
The league’s doctor, in particular, is protected by the collective bargaining agreement.
The NBA has not been able to get a doctor’s authorization to speak publicly, but it is trying.
“We are doing everything we can to protect Dr. Fustus,” NBA general counsel Adam Silver said in a statement.
The NFL’s spine team has yet to comment.
In the NBA, it’s common for doctors to not publicly identify themselves to other doctors, even if they are the top one on the team, according to one source.
The NHL also does not allow doctors to be public about their health.
The NFL is trying a different approach.
The players union is trying the same thing.
NBA players and the union both are concerned about what the league is doing, sources said.
So they are trying to find a way to let the public know, one source said.
“We have the right to know,” another source said, “but the league wants the player not to know.
We don’t want them to be able to blame the game or the league.”
Players and the NHL Players’ Association met Wednesday with league officials about the possibility of the union negotiating a confidentiality agreement with the league.
That is one way the union could get more transparency from the league, one of the sources said, adding that the union is also open to an open-record agreement.
An open-records agreement with any union is not unheard of.
The Players’ Union has been negotiating an open record agreement with several of its member clubs since the union’s inception in the early 2000s, including the Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Flyers’ fans.
But no agreement has been signed yet with the NBA.
A source said the league hopes to have an agreement signed by the end of the week, which would give the union more time to negotiate and would not require a confidentiality order.
A person close to the league said it has not reached a final agreement with union representatives.
The NHL’s health policy says players can be kept off the league for two to three years if they have been diagnosed with a spinal injury.
But that does not apply to doctors.
They would be allowed to remain on the league roster for a year after a spinal cord injury, and a player can still return to the NBA for a game, league sources said Wednesday.
A person familiar with the matter said the union wants to ensure that the players have the option to seek medical attention from a specialist.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
The NBA has said that the spine team does not disclose who the spine doctor is, but sources said the team has the right not to be named.
If the union agrees, the league would be forced to reveal that information.
“This is a big deal,” said a person familiar who has worked with the spine doctors.
“We are very sensitive to the union.
We want to protect the doctors.
We are going to work with them to try to get an agreement that is fair to everyone.
In the NBA in general, doctors are not allowed to speak about their work publicly, even when it relates to the game.
The union has tried to get doctors to keep their identities secret, but so far, the NBA has been unwilling to compromise on its health policy, the source said Tuesday.