In the past few weeks, some of the best teams in the NBA have actually been resting their star players and the NBA has gotten pretty mad about it.
Most NBA games are broadcasted on local stations, like the Cavs games are on Fox Sports Ohio, but there is always a game or two that is nationally broadcasted on stations like ABC,TNT, or ESPN. The games that are nationally broadcasted are hyped up a lot. There was a game that was nationally broadcasted between the top two teams in the west, the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors. During the days leading up to the game, there were numerous advertisements for it. Right before the game, we learned that Warriors coach Steve Kerr had decided to rest four of his star players, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Igoudala. The Cavs went to LA to face the Clippers in another hyped up nationally televised game. The night of the game we learned that Kevin Love will not play due to injury to his knee, Kyrie Irving won’t play due to an ankle injury, and LeBron James will not play because the head coach Tyronn Lue had decided to rest him.
Ramona Shelburne, a senior writer for ESPN, had tweeted out her interview with Cavaliers general manager David Griffin.
“I feel bad for the league, I really do. But it is what it is for us from an injury standpoint,” Griffin continued “We literally had one guy rest and everybody else was reasonably injured. I don’t feel like we did anything terribly egregious.”
Quotes from Ramona Shelburne twitter: @ramonashelburne