Kawhi Leonard sat out of a high-profile, nationally televised game to rest, once again raising the issue of when NBA players should take a night off.
Though science backs resting players and NBA teams are adopting “load management,” there are critics who argue it’s bad for the game and business.
Resting in the NBA won’t go away any time soon because of the 82-game schedule. There have been calls to reduce the schedule, but doing so would also mean reducing revenue.
There are greater concerns about the state of youth basketball, which is taking an increased physical toll on young athletes, meaning load management won’t simply be for veteran players.
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The NBA world is once again in an uproar over when players should rest.
The topic reared its head this week, as Kawhi Leonard sat out a high-profile, nationally televised game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks.
The game was the first night of a back-to-back for the Clippers. Leonard also sat out the first night of a back-to-back the previous week.
Rest has been a hot-button issue in the NBA for years. In 2012, the NBA fined the San Antonio Spurs for sending home their star players without proper notice before a high-profile game against the Miami Heat. In 2017, the issue was inflamed when the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers sat their star players for nationally televised games in back-to-back weeks.
Leonard has been the most cautious player in the NBA with his body. Last season, the Toronto Raptors coined the term “load management,” resting Leonard for 22 games as he worked his way back from the quad injury that cost him all but nine games the year before. Leonard then topped the NBA in minutes in the playoffs and led the Raptors to a championship. Many …read more
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