Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Karl Malone Rips Cavaliers For Resting Big Three In Loss To Clippers

Karl Malone Rips Cavaliers For Resting Big Three In Loss To Clippers

LeBron went on to say that he actually wanted to play against the Clippers but was told to sit out by his head coach Tyronn Lue.

"It's tricky. He's pissed, but it's my decision, it's the medical staff's decision, and that's what we came up with", Lue said. And, when you look at the era we live in, the strategy makes sense.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers waits for the start of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

The Big Three stuff the stat sheet as the Wine and Gold outlast the Lakers. Rivers isn't mad at LeBron, Tyronn Lue, or the Cavs-he does the same thing on occasion-but he would like to see the National Basketball Association to keep this part of the game in mind when figuring out the schedule for coming seasons. When Cleveland fans were celebrating in the streets last June, I doubt anyone was complaining. "I think I did well", Zubac said.

"Teams have to try to beat us, so I'm not anxious about that". I mean, it's bad. "I just feel good out there and just hope they give me another opportunity to build and just grow as a player". "There are people with Blake and DJ jerseys all over the place". (Though that may be a chicken-and-egg thing; what likely brings success for teams that rest multiple superstars is that they have multiple superstars to rest.) Maybe, eventually, some coaches decide that their odds are better if they rest their stars one at a time instead of all at once, but this is what's happening now. Cleveland general manager David Griffin said that the league office contacted him after the Clippers game and they were "not happy". And it sucks at certain times because you only play in certain cities once, or you only play certain teams once on their home floor.

Almost every team sits their stars, especially squads that have championship aspirations. You need to protect the top guys from exhaustion.

In Cleveland's defense, the decision makes more sense given each player's situation. They did not want to risk injury, but in order to insure their team's health, the game did not end well. During a 2012 matchup with the Miami Heat, the Spurs were fined $250,000 for sitting their big three. During the 2014-15 season, James took a two-week break in the middle of the schedule and Gregg Popovich, long known for resting his Spurs players in-season, began resting his players earlier and more often than ever before.

The NBA has yet to find a solution to this issue, which is disappointing to fans waiting for key matchups in the regular season.

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