Stephen Curry, who had 38 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists in the Golden State Warriors’ 128-120 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night, joined the load management debate raging across the league recently. bottom. week.
‘I’m campaigning to play every game,’ Curry said. Said“It’s a misconception about load management and how it goes. It’s not the players who say ‘Hey, I want to sit down’. For everyone who cares about that part of our league , usually it’s not the players who go up to the training staff and say ‘we don’t have that tonight’. It’s usually the other way around, with a lot of science involved. ”
Curry and the Warriors came under fire earlier this month when the team rested him, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins for a solo trip to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers. . -On my back.“Brutal part of the business” and advocated reducing the schedule to 72 games.
That game between the Warriors and the Cavaliers was just one of many games this season, especially this month, that have been ruined by star players either resting or missing out due to injury. Other notable face-offs we missed include Nikola Jokic vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant against LeBron James.
Each time a series of incidents like this happens, the load management debate starts all over again. Players are often the ones who bear the brunt of the criticism. Not only have we learned that our favorite superstars won’t be at the game from fans who have purchased tickets to the game, but so have media representatives and former players.
While the current situation is certainly unfair to fans, Curry’s allegations are important and don’t get enough attention in these conversations. , it’s just like any other job. However, the majority are very competitive and want to attend meetings as often as possible.
But given the length of the season, grueling travel schedules, and the thousands of miles they’ve put on their bodies over the years, it’s in their best interest to take a particular night off. Spots are pre-planned by the organization’s sports medicine department and are based on serious science and data about player performance. It leads to a short career, but no one wants it.
Without a surprise decision by the league and players to shorten the regular season in the next CBA, load management and the debate around it will never go away. Likewise, there are no well-established divisions between the various factions at this point. But regardless of which side of the debate you’re on, it’s worth remembering Curry’s point the next time the topic comes up.