Adam Silver sent a memo to NBA team owners Monday about the practice of resting star players, calling the practice “an extremely significant issue for our league.”
There’s well-meaning, and then there’s meddling.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s letter to owners, urging them to get more involved in the decision to rest key players and warning of “significant penalties” for teams that flout league rules, will do little to stem the growing problem and might only create new ones.
Coaches and general managers are entrusted to decide what is best for their players and teams, and asking owners to overrule them puts everyone in dangerous territory. So, too, the possibility of pitting owners against each other when a fan base is incensed that all it saw of LeBron James was his suit game.
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But the time to address it was before the new TV contract that added 21 nationally televised games started this season. Not now, when there’s only a month left in the regular season…