The latest person to weigh in on the NBA’s fastest growing issue of resting players is Hall of Famer Karl Malone.
“If you don’t have at least 10 years experience, get your ass playing,” Malone told ESPN’s Sage Steele. “It’s not work — it’s called playing. Besides, tell our underpaid service members and police and first responders to rest. They can’t.”
Over the past few seasons, the NBA has attempted to reduce back-to-backs and travel schedules to provide more in-season rest for players. However, the top teams in the league continue to rest players with frequency.
This is especially true for nationally televised games, which are supposed to highlight the sport at its best and instead lead to boring blowouts with lesser known players. But while the league fined the Spurs $250,000 in 2012 after they rested players on national television, they have reconsidered that approach.
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“I hate it for the fans,” Rivers said. “I really do. I hate it. I do it. We all do it. I mean, it’s bad. And I did it the other night in Denver. There are people with Blake and DJ jerseys all over the place.”