The norm in the NBA is healthy players resting throughout the season. Sometimes it’s because of back-to-back games or just to be prepared for the playoffs. But don’t tell that to 14-time All Star Karl Malone, who doesn’t want to hear excuses for these players resting.
“If you don’t have at least 10 years experience, get your a—playing. It’s not work, it’s called playing,” Malone told ESPN’s Sage Steele last Saturday night.”Besides, tell our underpaid service members and police and first responders to rest. Dammit, they can’t.”
Malone and other retired NBA players don’t like the stars resting in front of the fans. It’s embarrassing to see those that spend a large of money to buy expensive tickets and not see them in action. This is the talk of a soft generation where there is no toughness or altercations like the 90s, and players taking days off.
Two weeks ago, the Golden State Warriors rested Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala against the San Antonio Spurs. Pretty much a lopsided performance displayed on national television. Then the same thing happen last Saturday when the Cleveland Cavaliers rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love against the Los Angeles Clippers. Is it a concern that players are resting against contenders? Absolutely.
This shows that they don’t want to go through the grind out games. They rather play easy teams like the Lakers or 76ers, which doesn’t suit well for the league. It may help in longevity for their NBA careers, but it doesn’t hurt to play 10 to 15 mins. At least by doing that it satisfy the fans.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver needs to address this issue quickly before they lose countless viewers and customers. Maybe shortening the NBA season can be a solution, but it all depends on the stars having a tougher mindset and actually wanting to play all the regular season games.