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Adrian Wojnarowski has another scoop related to an upcoming NBA board of governors meeting, during which potential rule changes will be voted on, and this one makes the league look pretty stupid:


This is in response to the occasional fits the league gets thrown into when a (not coincidentally) good team like the Cavs, Spurs, or Warriors decides to rest its star players during a nationally televised game. It’s also an unbelievably stupid idea.

If players get rested because the NBA schedule is far too dense and filled with back-to-backs, then maybe the best way to solve this problem is to... lighten up the schedule a little bit? Pointing a finger at the teams and saying, “Play your guys even if they are fatigued, or else!” doesn’t seem like a reasonable solution.

Even if this proposal gets passed, it will be essentially impossible to enforce. Instead of putting “DNP-rest” next to the names of the players they are benching, coaches will just invent ailments to get themselves off the hook. What’s the NBA going to do, personally investigate every player who claims to have the flu?

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