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Sports The NBA’s Kawhi Leonard rest fine for the Clippers, explained

16:05  08 november  2019
16:05  08 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Clippers' Leonard ruled out vs. Jazz for load management

  Clippers' Leonard ruled out vs. Jazz for load management Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard will sit out versus the Utah Jazz in his first instance of load management this season, head coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday, according to The Athletic's Jovan Buha. Leonard, 28, had appeared in all four of the Clippers' games to date, averaging career highs of 27 points and 7.5 assists per game. The next 48 hours will see the Clippers play the first of their 13 back-to-backs this season. After facing the Jazz in Utah on Wednesday night, the Clippers return to L.A. for a Thursday battle with Leonard's first NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs.

The Clippers received pre-clearance from the NBA to sit Kawhi by telling the league that this wasn’t “load management” -- it was rest related to his injured left knee, the one that clearly showed wear during the reigning NBA champion Raptors’ title run last spring. But then after the game where Kawhi

The Clippers were fined ,000 on Thursday evening for coach Doc Rivers' comments on Kawhi Leonard ' s health status.

Doc Rivers in a suit standing in front of a crowd

On Thursday, we talked about Kawhi Leonard resting for a national T.V. game and the NBA being okay with it, but fans perhaps not loving it. Later Thursday, the NBA decided it didn’t love the way Doc Rivers talked about Kawhi’s rest and fined the team $50,000.

Huh?

The Clippers received pre-clearance from the NBA to sit Kawhi by telling the league that this wasn’t “load management” -- it was rest related to his injured left knee, the one that clearly showed wear during the reigning NBA champion Raptors’ title run last spring. But then after the game where Kawhi sat, Clippers coach Doc Rivers talked about how great Kawhi feels health-wise, how he’s “never felt better.” The NBA felt duped and issued a $50,000 fine on Thursday. Then Kawhi played (as planned) in a national T.V. game on Thursday and looked fine.

Clippers' Leonard ruled out vs. Jazz for load management

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The NBA fined the Los Angeles Clippers ,000 on Thursday for "statements, including by head coach Doc Rivers, that were inconsistent with ( Kawhi ) Leonard ' s The Clippers rested Leonard for load management in a nationally televised game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, which

The Los Angeles Clippers were fined ,000 by the N.B.A. on Thursday — punishment for a public proclamation by Coach Doc Rivers that his star forward Kawhi Leonard “feels great” after the league, based on medical information provided by the Clippers , deemed Leonard to be injured.

In the end, the NBA fined the Clippers for telling the truth after giving them permission to tell a lie.

A more charitable and nuanced read is that the NBA wants to support teams resting players for back-to-backs, but can’t get away with it if the teams don’t at least try to convince fans that players actually have ongoing health concerns that only adequate rest can help solve. In this reading, the NBA acknowledged the Clippers’ rationale, and then Doc undercut it and so the NBA had to revisit its initial decision.

The problem for the NBA is that by fining the Clippers after giving them the thumbs-up, they are drawing further attention to a situation they’d prefer everyone ignore. The hope for the league is likely that other teams don’t give up the game when resting players by then calling them models of health hours later.

NBA fines Clippers $50,000 for statements about Leonard

  NBA fines Clippers $50,000 for statements about Leonard LOS ANGELES — The NBA fined the Los Angeles Clippers $50,000 on Thursday for statements made by coach Doc Rivers and others that were "inconsistent" about Kawhi Leonard's health. Leonard sat out a 129-124 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, the second time he's missed the nationally televised front end of a back-to-back this season. He had 27 points and 13 rebounds in a nationally televised 107-101 win over Portland on Thursday night.© Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc"I'm disappointed. He's my coach and I'm on his side," Leonard said of the fine.

The NBA determined Kawhi Leonard is not healthy and "managing a knee injury," therefore the Clippers can rest him without breaking league rules. He was on the bench against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks for a national TV game Wednesday night, the first half of a back-to-back for the

Having resting Leonard twice during nationally-televised games, the Clippers were fined ,000 "for statements inconsistent with Leonard ' s health status." LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers have drawn criticism for their decision to rest Kawhi Leonard twice so far this season, and now their

So basically, at its core, the NBA wants teams, if they lie about the reasons for resting star players, to keep up the lie. The NBA doesn’t want to look duped for a public already feeling duped by this whole arrangement. Fair enough.

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The NBA released a statement on Wednesday condoning the Los Angeles Clippers ' decision to rest Kawhi Leonard on national television and fining the team ,000 for "statements, including by head coach Doc Rivers, that were inconsistent with Leonard ' s health."

The NBA released a statement on Thursday condoning the Los Angeles Clippers ' decision to rest Kawhi Leonard on national television. I think Kawhi made a statement that he' s never felt better. It' s our job to make sure he stays that way." That statement has proven to be a costly one for the Clippers .

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NBA: Leonard not healthy so Clippers allowed to rest him .
NBA: Leonard not healthy so Clippers allowed to rest himHe was on the bench against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks for a national TV game Wednesday night, the first half of a back-to-back for the Clippers. They host Portland on Thursday night, and coach Doc Rivers said Leonard would play.

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