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During this process, the neurologist hired to lead the concussion program needs to be consulted before the player is cleared.

The NBA followed the NHL and Major League Baseball in instituting a concussion protocol.

Scott, who won three championships during 14 seasons as a player, believes the policy is needed _ and perhaps overdue.

“I was asked the other day if I had a concussion and I don’t know,” he said. “I got hit back in the day so many times and had headaches and woke up and still went to practice. It wasn’t a big deal then so being cautious about it is important and Kyrie understands right now.

“He wasn’t real happy about it the other night, but we’re doing this all in his best interests.”