EPISODE 94 Overview
NBA Load Management
Steve talks about the new NBA policy about “REST”. The never-ending debate about load management and resting players continued Monday, thanks to a new policy implemented by the NBA. This season, teams will be fined at least $100,000 if they are found to be resting healthy players for nationally televised games, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.
What is load management?
Remember when the Spurs popularized “DNP – Rest”? Load management is essentially a fancy term for that. It means giving a player a night off during an 82-game NBA season in hopes of preserving him for the playoffs.
Why is everyone angry about load management?
There are several sides to the load management debate, and everyone has some reason to be angry with the other. Fans are angry because the best player on their team is sitting games despite being healthy enough to play. Not only might that cost their team a win in the regular season, but fans are also paying money to see the best players in-person. They’re left to see Leonard or James or whoever it may be in street clothes. That stinks!
Coaches and players aren’t explaining the idea of load management well, either, and that also isn’t helping fans. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was fined $50,000 by the league for saying Leonard “feels great,” despite load managing him hours later. The NBA has a policy in place to fine teams $100,000 for sitting healthy players for nationally televised games, but the Clippers confirmed with the league that Leonard is suffering from an ongoing injury to his patella tendon. Still, the head coach saying Leonard feels great, and then not playing him can be disappointing for a fan.
Fan entertainment is a priority, but it isn’t the only one. NBA teams aren’t worried about how a crowd might react if their star sits. Their focus is on reaching the playoffs and then winning a championship. Sometimes that means giving Leonard a night off.
A player’s primary concern — on top of winning — is also to get paid. Any major injury can cost them significant money. Look at what happened with DeMarcus Cousins over the last two years. If missing 10 or so games per year can prevent that, so be it, in their minds.
TV networks also aren’t happy about players sitting. The load management discussion skyrockets every time a player takes a seat for a nationally televised game. Most recently, that was the case on Wednesday night when Leonard sat for the Clippers against the Bucks. In the short-term, that might mean less viewers for a couple of games. But in the long run, decisions like this could damage the players’ pockets. Knowing Leonard wasn’t playing likely made the decision for some fans to turn their TVs off for the 10 p.m. ET game. Eventually, the less viewership, the less lucrative a TV deal will be for the players.
NFL History : NFL Records Broken in Week 13
In this week’s episode Steve put together the best stats and records from Sunday’s slate of NFL games. From Davante Adams, Aaron Rodgers, Travis Kelce, Darren Waller to Justin Jefferson, and Baker Mayfield.
- Aaron Rodgers became the 7th player to reach 400 career passing touchdowns on Sunday, and did so in 12 fewer games (193) than the next-fastest player (Drew Brees: 205). Rodgers also eclipsed 35 passing touchdowns for the season, and his 5 seasons with at least 35 passing touchdowns are the most by any player in NFL history.
- Philip Rivers had 285 passing yards in the Colts’ win over the Texans on Sunday and now has 3,263 passing yards this season. This is Rivers’ 15th consecutive season with at least 3,000 passing yards, the longest active streak in the NFL. Only Hall of Famer Brett Favre (18-season streak from 1992-2009) has had a longer streak of seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards in NFL history.
- Justin Jefferson had 121 receiving yards in the Vikings’ win on Sunday. Jefferson has 1,039 receiving yards through 12 games this season, the 5th rookie in the Super Bowl era with at least 1,000 receiving yards over his first 12 career games. 3 of the previous 4 — Hall of Famer Randy Moss in 1998, Boldin in 2003, and Odell Beckham in 2014 — went on to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (Marques Colston had 1,006 receiving yards in his first 12 career games but QB Vince Young was named the 2006 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.) Jefferson (1,039) broke Moss’ (1,014) team record for most receiving yards in a player’s first 12 career games.
Lots of numbers and broken records in Week 13 is all you need to know for now.
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