Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The NBA and Resting Players

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Lebron taking a day off, one of seemingly many this season.

Professional basketball at its highest level requires an unthinkable amount of effort and takes a rigorous toll on your body, and an unexpected injury can plague a shining season in a matter of seconds. So the questionable in the NBA rest good for the players? 

There's a sizable argument on both sides. Let's explore them both.

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Anthony Davis enjoying a court-side seat whilst not injured or suspended.

Losing a key player during the critical point of the NBA season is absolutely heartbreaking. Teams that were once a shoo-in to do great things at year end, end up struggling just to survive the first round or two. Resting a player gives their body valuable time to mend, and lessens their chances of missing the playoffs due to any number of unexpected physical mishaps making them unable to perform.

Later this evening the Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Boston with both teams boasting a 
50 - 27 record, the Celtics and Cavs are tied for 1st in the Eastern Conference going into tonight's game. Even though this game is a huge match up for both teams, Lebron James had this to say about tonight's crucial playoff preview....."I'm not one to get caught up in the regular season. I'm sorry. I've been to six straight Finals, man. I'm the last person to ask about a regular-season game, dude. Sorry"....... This statement can be translated into many things, however, it would seem this attitude is a direct result of Tyronn Lue's philosophy of resting players.

The Cavaliers, who have made a huge point of resting their players this season, hold the best record in the NBA's Eastern Conference going into the last few weeks of the season.

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On the flip side of that coin however, get the FUCK out there and play.

I know I'm not an expert on physical conditioning or anything, and I don't plan to act like one. but this is the NBA, where uninjured players have been playing 82 games for many generations. 

NBA players have to work hard to be where they are, but if you give the same effort with a height of 5' 6" as you would with a height of 6' 7" your NBA dreams are not as likely, with that being said, being an NBA player requires luck in some ways as well as skill, and the players who think about sitting out that aren't injured need to marinate on that for a minute.

Who do you think you're playing for? The owner? The team? Yourself? Not a chance. You're playing for the fans. You know, the people who buy your jerseys, shoes, accessories and $70 nose-bleed seats at the arenas. The people who wait for hours just to pay you an ungodly amount of money buy your signature on a piece of paper. The people who work their busy schedules around watching you play a sport you love for millions of dollars and many other amazing benefits.

Lebron James, of all people, has a lot of nerve to say such a thing as "I'm the last person to ask about a regular-season game"... 

If a player has a minor-injury that they could still technically play with, I don't have a problem with them resting a game or two. But there is almost no excuse otherwise. The fans expect you to play, get out there and do it. -EE

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