Los Angeles Clippers star Qui Leonard plans to sit out Wednesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks due to load management and an ESPN analyst is not happy with the decision.
Appearing on the ESPN radio show, ESPN analyst Dol and Gingo, he said that he thinks Kavya’s load management remains “ridiculous”.
“It is illogical for me that Kavi does not want to play against reigning MVP [Giannis Entetokenmpo] and he will play against the Portland Trail Blazers on TNT tomorrow night,” Burke said.
Leonard has been a strong proponent of restoring load management, or training or reducing the number of athletes playing to allow for better long-term performance. In 2018, as a member of the Toronto Raptors, Leonard played 22 of 82 games and still led the team to the NBA Championship.
The NBA can fine teams up to $ 100,000 to sit healthy players during nationally televised games. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers were able to clean up Leonard’s absence with the league and to avoid fines and not rest as it relates to “injury/illness”.
The Clippers were also able to avoid an NBA penalty for Leonard’s previous weight management rest on October 30, which was also a nationally televised game against the Utah Jazz.
Burke went on to talk about how she believes the NBA “should be more concerned that their best players are not playing on nights when they are on national television.”
“People tune in because they want to see stars that are very compelling,” Burke said.
After the absence of Leonard’s former load management, Clippers head coach Doc River was asked how he would respond to fans who missed the opportunity to play in person.
“All I can say is, if you’re a Clippers fan, it’s easy to explain,” Rivers said. “This is what we should be concerned about more and more, to be honest. He said that you should care about all the fans because they pay.
Hopefully, we have enough on the floor that we will show them a good game. Now if you’re a Kavi fan and you’re from Utah, then this is a tough one. ”
Following Burke’s comments, many fans took to social media to express their views on the stars sitting for high-profile games.
“It’s silly,” Twitter user Robert Lytle said. “What’s more important? At the beginning of the year, Qui is taking his PTO or a healthy nod to his team in the playoffs. Does anyone remember or care about the game that Kavya missed with the Raptors ?. Relax. ”
“While I would like to see Quie play tonight, I will handle his situation exactly how he and the Clippers are.
After last year, this is clearly the best way to win a championship. Having a lot of games. Blame the league for it, not him and the Clippers, “tweeted Dunclide on basketball podcast host Nate Duncan.
Some other fans agreed with Burke and expressed his disinterest in Leonard’s absence on Wednesday night.
“It’s a joke,” Twitter user James Wolfe said. “If I had a ticket and Kavi didn’t play because of ‘rest’ I wanted my money back.” Leonard is set to make his return on Thursday night when the Clippers face the Portland Trail Blazers.