The Cleveland Cavaliers received a phone call from the league office after resting LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love against the Los Angeles Clippers last night in a thirty point blowout loss. The Cavaliers’ General Manager David Griffin said that the league called to say “they were not happy” the Cavaliers rested their Big 3. This is only one of many instances where the Cavs have rested their players, but it seems as if the league is fed up with it.
Although it is vital to rest players at times, it’s unfair to the fans who bought tickets to watch a once in a lifetime athlete like LeBron James play and it’s also unfortunate for NBA fans all over missing out on great matchups. However, with playoffs approaching in the next month, you can’t totally blame the decision when they’re sitting on top of the eastern conference. When asked about the fans and ABC paying a lot of money to cover the game, David Griffin said,
“Yeah, and they’re paying me to win a championship.”
He then went on to say,
“We literally had one guy rest tonight and everybody else was reasonably injured. I don’t feel like we did anything terribly egregious.”
Griffin: “It was nothing like the last time that happened. Those were three healthy dudes that rested. That’s not what happened tonight.”
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) March 19, 2017