Rob Parker on ‘Load Management’: “It has nothing to do with health, people use it as an excuse to get paid and not play, that’s exactly what it is, and it has nothing to do with anything else. It’s a way of taking the night off and just saying ‘I don’t feel like playing.’ It’s not frowned upon because some of the biggest stars have done it, and once they started doing it other guys didn’t feel shamed into it. When Michael Jordan was in the league guys weren’t taking nights off. People would have laughed at you back then. I’ll tell you how they fix it. IF THEY’RE NOT INJURED, YOU COUNT THAT STAT LINE IN THEIR AVERAGES TO ‘0,0,0’ ACROSS THE BOARD IF YOU’RE NOT INJURED. YOU TELL ME HOW MANY GUYS WOULD SIT OUT IF THEY PUT ZEROES IN AND AVERAGED THEIR STATS. NOBODY!... ‘Load Management’ is just a copout for me, I can’t get with it. If you’re telling me you’re resting an older player at the end of the year and you’ve wrapped up the division, then I can understand… It’s bad for the league and it’s bad for fans who pay their money. That’s the biggest disrespect, to people who paid money their money to come to the game.” (Full Audio Above)
Listen to Rob Parker and Chris Broussard discuss NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s ‘state of the NBA’ address that he gave to the media before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, in particular, Silver’s comments towards the mounting number of injuries across the league despite there being a paradoxical wave of ‘load management’ trying to tell you that more rest equals fewer injuries.
Check out the audio above as Rob details why he believes ‘Load Management’ is killing the league’s fan base, and how Adam Silver can buck the trend in the blink of an eye.