If you ask basketball legend Gary Payton, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is not telling the truth about their load management antics on Kawhi Leonard.
Rivers recently come forward to claim that the Clippers have a philosophy on resting their star players. However, Payton seems to believe that it is actually Leonard’s initiative to be put on load management. That’s why he came forward to say:
This comes as a response to Rivers’ critical comments on LeBron. Everything started when LeBron explained that he is not interested in load management. He said:
“Why wouldn’t I play if I’m healthy? It doesn’t make any sense to me, personally. I mean, I don’t know how many games I’ve left in my career. I don’t know how many kids that may show up to a game that are there to see me play.”
That’s when Doc Rivers came forward to say that his team is set on giving their players rest throughout the regular season. Take a look:
LeBron is about to turn 35 and he is playing better than most young players out there. He suffered his first serious injury last year and had to sit out five weeks’ worth of games. This season, he has been working extra hard to be able to keep himself healthy.
While we’ve seen a lot from LeBron and AD this season, we haven’t seen that much from Kawhi. He has sat down a lot of games due to load management, a fact that started this whole discussion. Kawhi might not be up to playing all games of the season, but that is what LeBron has his sights set on.
We can’t wait to see LeBron prove everyone wrong by playing amazingly in the playoffs. We hope he will be able to take the team to the Finals and win it all!