Doc Rivers responded to James’ comments saying that resting their players throughout the regular season is their team’s philosophy. He had already stated this before, but Bron has confirmed his position on the controversial load management. James reiterated his stance on load management, shutting down the idea of sitting out games intentionally this season.
“Y’all want me to sit out?” James told The Athletic. “I don’t know how many games I got left in my career. I don’t know how many kids that may show up to a game and they’re there to come see me play and if I sit out, then what?
“That’s my obligation. My obligation is to play, play for my teammates and if I’m healthy, then I’m going to play.”
Rivers was quick to reply and he took a shot at Bron and the Lakers.
“It’s our philosophy. I don’t know what theirs are,” Rivers said. “I think theirs is whatever LeBron says it is, to be honest. That makes a lot of sense to me. I like what we are doing and I think it’s the smart thing to do. We’ll see at the end.”
This all started when the Clips first began resting Kawhi Leonard. There are games in which he doesn’t play. Not because he’s injured, but because they feel its best for him to rest. It looks like Rivers and his team will stick to their philosophy and they won’t take any comment from anybody saying the opposite.
They can’t afford to have an exhausted Kawhi in the playoffs and seeing the way their playing without the 2x NBA Finals, the Clippers should survive not having their biggest star on the court.