Because the NBA seems to have moved previous the preseason’s China controversy, the difficulty of load administration has sparked up once more with the beginning of the common schedule.
However don’t let Michael Jordan catch you saying something about it.
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Jordan, the principal proprietor of the Charlotte Hornets, addressed the concept of load administration with gamers, former coach Steve Clifford advised the New York Every day Information on Wednesday.
Clifford, who’s at the moment in his second season with the Orlando Magic, coached the Hornets from 2013 to 2018. He revealed what Jordan would inform the Hornets gamers yearly.
“Our guys aren’t used to sitting on the second recreation of a back-to-back… We’re not sitting guys simply to sit down,” Clifford advised the Every day Information. “For me, my background frankly, all of it goes again to expectations. Being with Michael in Charlotte, Michael used to inform them yearly, you’re paid to play 82 video games.”
He added: “I’ve been doing this for 20 years and enjoying 82 video games was once a badge of braveness for lots of fellows. There have been at all times loads of guys who didn’t need to play. They stood out extra.”
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Jordan performed all 82 video games 9 completely different occasions in his profession and averaged 38 minutes per recreation. Solely 21 gamers performed all 82 video games final season, together with former Hornets guard Kemba Walker. The quantity was down from 26 gamers enjoying all 82 video games in the course of the 2017-18 season.
Load administration is partially again within the highlight because of how the Los Angeles Clippers have used Kawhi Leonard. The newly signed free agent sat out a nationally televised recreation Wednesday towards the Milwaukee Bucks. Whereas the NBA decided the Clippers have been truthful about their celebrity’s knee damage, the staff was fined $50,000 over Doc Rivers’ deceptive statements about his well being.
Load administration has been utilized in an try and preserve gamers wholesome by the lengthy and grueling 82-game season. Coaches have expressed considerations about overworking gamers.
Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle advised the Every day Information that overworking gamers is a “severe matter” and shouldn’t be dismissed.
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“It’s not essentially my philosophy. It’s what our group’s philosophy is. We monitor very intently all of our gamers,” he mentioned. “These guys now put on GPS issues throughout follow. They observe all the knowledge. To my information, they’re not sporting them in video games but, however in some unspecified time in the future that may occur. It’s necessary data.
“The skilled athlete has bought to be skilled in a sure means. We have a look at it very intently… In my opinion, it’s not one thing you simply write off analytic rhetoric. It’s actual and it’s necessary. We attempt to keep on prime of it.”