Anthony Edwards, a point guard and the rising star of the NBA and Minnesota Timberwolves, slammed the NBA players for casually sitting and resting after the NBA All-Star game ended. The 21-year-old player has been averaging 24.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game. Which is certainly among one the best players in the league right now.
As the NBA has been negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement. The issue of load management has been a crucial matter for the fans, who want to see their favorite players on the court. With some of the game’s biggest stars taking leaves for rest and recovery, fans are left disappointed and frustrated. Also read: 2023 NBA All-Star Game labeled as “the worst basketball game ever played” by Nuggets coach Michael Malone
Anthony Edwards is disappointed with the NBA player’s slacking off from their duty
Edwards expressed his dissatisfaction with the NBA players who are resting too much. He stated that he does not like “all the sitting, missing games stuff.” Before the All-Star game, in a conversation with the media folks, Edwards said, “Probably just all the guys sitting – resting, that’s the only thing, probably, I don’t like. Just play, man. If you’re 80%, you gotta play. I don’t like all the sitting, missing games stuff.”
“These people might have enough money to come to one game, and that might be the game that you’re sitting out. I take pride in trying to play every game, ‘cause I don’t know, there might be one fan that’s never seen me play, and I’m trying to play.” Also read: NBA Rumours: After Jazz’s buyout, the Clippers to sign Russell Westbrook
Following his so bold and daring response to the issue. The fans have started taking sides while also appreciating Edward for his observant perspective that is in consideration to viewers.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on the load management problem of the NBA
On the other hand, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has a different perspective on the issue seeing the difficulty and the rising fitness and health requirements of the game now. Speaking on the same issue with the reporters Silver said, “The world that we used to have where it was just, ‘Get out there and play through injuries,’ for example, I don’t think that’s appropriate. Clearly, I mean, at the end of the day, these are human beings many of you talk to and know well. Who are often playing through enormous pain, who play through all kinds of aches and pains on a regular basis. The suggestion, I think, that these men, in the case in the NBA, somehow should just be out there more for its own sake, I don’t buy into.”
While the fans are disappointed with the load management problem of the NBA. It is in the league’s hands to improve the growing distance relationship with them. As the increasing requirements of the NBA format and the level of performance, the fans expect, are growing season by season. It is becoming extra crucial for the players to pay attention to their health problems, while also entertaining the fans at their best. Also read: NBA All-Star Game: Jaylen Brown of the Celtics debuts a new mask for the Game
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