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Adam Silver wants teams to take concrete action on issue of players resting

Adam Silver

For the last couple of seasons, the issue of players resting or sitting out entire games during the regular season has been an on-going debate. Knowing that this has been a hot button issue in the league, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants teams to take action and put a plan in place to deal with players resting.

Silver talked about the issue of players resting before the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday on ESPN.

Silver’s comments about rest were transcribed by Larry Brown Sports:

“I think the things we can address most immediately is the resting of multiple stars in one night,” said Silver. “That crosses the line in my mind from strategic resting to gamesmanship. I think at our last owners’ meetings in April there was a general consensus among teams in the room that that’s not appropriate, that we’re misserving our fans and misserving our business partners when we do that.

“The other issue is, to the extent players need to be rested, let’s rest them at home whenever possible. Because there’s 41 home games during the regular season. Your home fans have an opportunity to see your superstar players on a regular basis. But especially when a team in the Western Conference only travels East once, for those fans in that city who might not otherwise have an opportunity to see that player, let’s try to play the player on that night.

“What we hope to do is issue guidelines to our teams this summer. By definition, guidelines are a little softer. I’m hoping that with these guidelines, we can deal with the worst parts of this issue.”

A good plan by Silver and is one that could perhaps make players resting during games no longer be an issue in the future.

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