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There are a number of differences between college and professional basketball that can make the transition difficult for any NBA rookie. The length of the season is the main one: a typical college season ranges anywhere from 30-40 games, which is only about half of an NBA season, and then 16 NBA teams compete in the playoffs after the regular season. Additionally, the intensity of the game is much higher.

OAT may achieve higher activity levels and lower risk of failure when compared with MFX for cartilage lesions greater than 3 cm2 in the knee, although there was no significant difference for lesions less than 3 cm2 at midterm. However, because of variability in patient-specific factors such as age, preinjury activity level, lesion location and size, the superiority of OAT over MFX cannot be generalized to all patient populations and therefore requires individualized patient