To rest or not to rest? This is the current debate circulating around the NBA. Recently, we have seen a surge of NBA players missing games due to rest. The most notable among these players were the Golden State Warriors’ key players Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala who missed an ABC primetime game against the Spurs on March 11. People also took issue with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Head Coach Tyronn Lue resting his big three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love in yet another nationally televised game against the Clippers on March 18. The NBA universe has been split on the topic of interest ever since. There are those who believe rest is essential for today’s players, as science has proven a correlation between fatigue and injury. Then there are those who believe resting is hurting the game, the business, and is just unfair to fans. Does the NBA have a resting problem?
NBA teams have a right to rest their players. We all understand the toll playing the game of basketball at that level takes on your body. It is when these players are rested is the issue. If players are resting against the best teams in their conference or the other conference, but play against teams who are not even playoff bound they are conveying a message that the NBA is not competitive, at least not in the regular season. Fans are paying to see the best compete against the best and not just in the playoffs. If a fan only has the chance to see you play in their hometown once, they do not want to see you sitting on the bench. This may be some people’s only chance to see a player play in person, and we all know that is disappointing on both sides. I believe the NBA can find come together with players and their organizations to find a viable solution that benefits all parties involved.
Until the NBA finds a solution, I have to agree with the comments of Chris Bosh and Karl Malone who made statements, suggesting if you can play you should and that if you have not been playing for at least 10 years you need to be on the court. Rest should come after you have accomplished what you are setting out to do. You will not be successful and excel at your craft if you are resting, that only comes by working hard. While you are resting there is always someone somewhere else working harder than you are. This is not to say we cannot rest and we do not deserve breaks, but it is only warranted when we have accomplished something or we are not physically able to. Continue to strive for greatness, push yourself, and work hard in an effort to meet your goals. Once that is done, then you can rest.