A week later, the Cleveland Cavaliers rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love in a March 18 nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Clippers. It was for a sensible reason: The Cavaliers were set to play two sets of back-to-backs on the road in a nine-day span.
The Clippers won that game by 30.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to NBA teams that called player resting “an extremely significant issue for our league” and urged owners to have more of a say in when their star players rest.
“Decisions of this kind … can affect fans and business partners, impact our reputation and damage the perception of our game,” Silver wrote in the memo. “With so much at stake, it is simply not acceptable for governors to be uninvolved or to defer decision-making authority on these matters to others in their organizations.”
“I have no idea what was in the mind of the executives of NHL Jerseys Cheap the Brooklyn Nets — none — when they rested their starting players. If you’re playing in a game of consequence, that has an impact, which is as good as it gets (you should play your players),” Stern told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday on the NBA A to Z podcast. “Here we are, the Brooklyn Nets are out of the running. They have the lowest record in the sport. But they have an opportunity to weigh in on the final game with respect to Chicago. And they sit their starters? Really? It’s inexcusable in my view.”