Resting players has been an issue all season for the NBA, but recently it has picked up a lot of steam. LeBron James, who has played in 63 of 69 games this season says that the situation gets talked about more when he’s involved.
Resting players, who aren’t injured, has been debated heavily as of late with plenty of input from players and coaches themselves, to go along with NBA experts. The opinions range from “There is no reason these players shouldn’t be on that court” to “We are focused on winning a championship and this helps.”
LeBron had his take on the matter and two other MVP candidates had their own takes as well.
Here’s what Russell Westbrook thought about resting during the NBA season:
Did you expect any different response from the guy who goes full speed every second he is on the court? Me neither.
James Harden, who is also at the top of many people’s MVP list, was right with Westbrook on the issue.
Each player takes resting their own way, but one of these guys knows what it takes to win the championship. I’m not a big fan of players taking nights off to rest, but I can see why they would do it. The NBA schedule can be brutal and it needs to be shortened. If they shortened the season the games would be more meaningful, players would rest less, and we would get better basketball. The only problem with shortening a season is that would mean that there would be less money to be made for everyone.
Steve Kerr talked about shortening the season and was all in on taking a pay cut of his own.
Players, coaches, and even Adam Silver have given their opinions, while former players haven’t held back either when it comes to discussing today’s players resting. Here’s what Reggie Miller said about it.
A very unique broadcast called “Players Only” which is made up of former players had a heated debate on this topic. Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis discussed what they thought about resting in today’s game.
Is it bad for the quality of the NBA’s content? No doubt. But, the NBA season is way too long and it has been for way too many years. We have so many games that don’t bring the high amount of viewers that this game deserves. Shortening the season would make the games more valuable, the players would rest less, and the quality of the NBA content would go up. If everyone can come together and realize the positives of shortening the season and realize that taking the pay cut would be worth it, then the NBA would generate much better content.
I don’t blame the franchises one bit for resting players when they need to, especially the teams gearing up for a championship run, but it’s taking away the game that so many fans have come to love over the years. There has to be changes made, but until that day comes this topic will continue to be a highly debated one.