National Basketball Association commissioner addresses resting players

  • National Basketball Association commissioner addresses resting players

National Basketball Association commissioner addresses resting players

Golden State coach Steve Kerr told ESPN that his decision to rest players was based on the best way to get through a stretch of eight games in eight cities in 13 days that included 11,000 miles of air travel. "That's the smartest thing Pop has ever done", James said.

But: Two things are undeniable: 1) Resting superstars on half of back-to-back's before the playoffs is in the players' and their teams' long-term best interests, and 2) Golden State sitting their stars against the Spurs (and vice versa) in a matchup between the conference's two top seeds instead of the night before in Minnesota, and Cleveland sitting theirs against the star-laden Clippers instead of the night after against the poopy Lakers were overt acts of disobedience against the league office. Give his guys a couple of games off and here they go with five championships. "You guys know the real". "So, I got to keep winning to help my coach be able to have a reason why he can sit his players". The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar believes the league has had no problems with San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich using the tactic for years, but added the National Basketball Association started to notice when the King took a seat. Popovich and the Spurs were fined $250,000 for resting Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Danny Green ahead of their nationally televised game against James and the Heat in 2012. Over the last two seasons the Warriors and Cavs have averaged about 20 more games than nearly every other team.

Silver called it "unacceptable" for owners not to be involved with such decisions, ESPN said. Not only did James sit Saturday, but Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were out, too. They're correct in this desire, and some of this issue should sort itself out next year when the season spans an extra week, but they've been upset about the schedule for years and are driving their point home now to make damn sure the Commissioner's office hears them loud and clear. "There's owners that are not even around the teams". But, it wouldn't make sense for ESPN to bear the brunt of that relative to TNT, where Charles Barkley has incurred retaliation from LeBron and said the Warriors are soft for years. He's led his teams to the last six Finals, something no player has done in 50 years. Often this season, at least one of Cleveland's other stars missed games along with him, and three times James, Irving, and Love have all been out. Since then, the Spurs have announced in advance which players will rest. During the game in Los Angeles Saturday, "We want LeBron" chants filled the Staples Center. Lue cracked that he'd only coached "95 games", so he was still learning how to manage his roster.

Silver has said the league is very sensitive to players needing as much rest as possible to perform at their best and avoid injury.