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Charles Barkley Says Modern NBA Players Don't Need 'Load Management'



NBA ratings are down this year, and the "Load Management" epidemic is n0 doubt playing a big role. On any given day, we honestly have no idea which stars are going to be playing and which are going to be taking a random night off.

And while load management enthusiasts will say it helps preserve players' bodies for the postseason, not everyone is convinced it's necessary.

In a quote by former NBA superstar Charles Barkley on Fox Sports Radio, he explains why he will never be a believer in the league's newest tradition:

“I’m never going to agree on ‘Load Management’. It always worked when the greatest players who ever played the game played as much as possible, and they had bad shoes and didn’t have the best doctors in the world like they do today. They also don’t fly commercial like we did. In my first two years in the NBA I’d be in coach with some old lady laying on my damn shoulder for three hours, and then have to guard Hakeem Olajuwon or Karl Malone. I didn’t fly first class until my third year in the league. The thing that bothers people is when guys are resting healthy. Guys are making 30 and 40 million dollars a year. If Doctor J, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem, Bill Russell and those guys could play every night in crappy shoes, fly commercial, and make $100,000 a year, a guy making $40-$50 million a year don’t need ‘Load Management’. These guys don’t have any loyalty to a team or a city and it’s why ratings are down.”

Back in the day, players didn't have many of the luxuries they have nowadays. They didn't need it back then, in a tougher environment, so why do they need it now?

Not to mention the fact that guys are getting paid much more money now than they ever have before. They're getting paid tens of millions of dollars, only to miss 1/4 of the season for "rest."

No matter your opinion on the subject, you have to see the objections voiced by Barkley and others around the association. While the practice itself is unlikely to stop, there are reasons to think why it shouldn't be a thing, and the league is already feeling the consequences of it being normalized in today's society.