To the surprise of no one, the GOAT isn't a fan of load management.
Resting players is once again at the forefront of NBA discussions as Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard was sat down in the Los Angeles Clippers loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night.
Michael Jordan, the once NBA great turned owner of the Charlotte Hornets, apparently told his players that, "You're paid to play 82 games" in response to load management.
Jordan's stance on this issue is expected as load management wasn't part of the game back in the 80's and 90's. Even stars were expected to play every game that they weren't too injured for, and in Jordan's case he still participated in games in which he was clearly unfit for.
Current Orlando Magic head coach, Steve Clifford, said that his old-school stance on load management comes from the time that he spent with Jordan in Charlotte. Clifford's take is a refreshing one, but not surprising given he's coaching in Orlando. If Clifford were to, say, coach LBJ, we doubt he'd get in the way of the King sitting a few games. It's a players' league. Period.
While it makes the playoffs more interesting with fewer stars getting hurt, the NBA regular season is more boring with players such as James and Leonard sitting on the sidelines while healthy enough to play. Unfortunately, it's not a problem which is likely to end anytime soon.