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For years there was a gentleman’s agreement in the NBA circles that the last week of the season for playoff-situated teams was reserved for either rest or player development. While this usually happens in April, right before the Playoffs, some teams have been employing this strategy since Thanksgiving!
Last season the Spurs, with a veteran roster, rotated the off games for the ancient Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli, which resulted in them being beneficiaries of a well-oiled machine throughout the NBA Finals.
But to the chagrin of NBA fans in cities around the country, teams are following this trend of resting stars who the fans have paid handsomely to see play.
Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr issued an apology to fans for his decision to rest his star players during the final quarter of the regular season.
But what began as a strategy to prolong the careers of the aging trio in San Antonio has become the trend of NBA All-stars. Players feel privileged when they are given a night off. They equate earning a rest day to being a part of the NBA elite.
Playing in all 82 games was the goal and that iron man streak carried significant weight during negotiations. Now, we are lucky if the best teams play their stars together in 75 games. Not only should today’s NBA players rest less, but if I spend hundreds to take my boys to watch LeBron in a suit, I would be RestLess!