LeBron blames AAU coaches for overplaying 'kids'
Thanks in large part to the Los Angeles Clippers' management of star forward Kawhi Leonard to start the 2019-20 season, the topic of load management has reemerged as a prevalent topic in today's NBA. Specifically, the physical deterioration of players that necessitates loads needing to be managed has been placed under a closer microscope. LeBron James gave his two cents on the matter, pointing a finger at AAU coaches as one of the reasons players enter the league with heavy miles on their odometers.
The popular NBA term "load management" has a new meaning, according to the league: Rest.
In the wake of confusion this month over the' usage of , load management now means a healthy player is taking the night off - and if skipping that particular game violates the league's resting policy, that team will be penalized, according to a league memo obtained by .
"What has been confusing - and I'm not picking on Kawhi - but 'load management' was one of the causes people put out for why he sat out, and it's not," NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell told Lowe. "He's an injured player."
Leonard, Beverley sit again, 1st look at Clips' Kawhi-PG lineup delayed
Leonard, Beverley sit again, 1st look at Clips' Kawhi-PG lineup delayedLeonard's injury is listed as a left knee contusion while Beverley is dealing with a sore left calf.
The Clippers were cleared by the league to sit Leonard on one end of back-to-back games earlier this month to manage an ongoing leg issue, but were then fined $50,000 when coach Doc Rivers told reporters that his star player was feeling "great."
In addition to clearer lines being defined between injury and rest, the NBA's resting policy now prohibits teams from sitting healthy players in "high-profile" nationally-televised games, barring "unusual circumstances." The league prefers that if players rest, it be done for home contests that are only broadcast on local television.
Furthermore, the NBA has investigative authority to ensure teams aren't making up injuries. The league requires that teams submit documentary medical proof into a league-supervised portal.
"They get everything," an unidentified team medical staffer told ESPN.
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Police investigate after shots fired from vehicles in separate Toronto-area incidents .
Police are investigating after shots were fired from vehicles in two separate incidents in Toronto and in Richmond Hill, just one night after a targeted triple shooting along Highway 400 that left one man dead. In one incident Sunday night, emergency crews were called to a townhouse complex in the Jane Street and Sheppard Avenue area just after 9:30 p.m. for reports of gunfire. Callers reported eight to 10 shots fired, Toronto police said. Officers arrived to find a vehicle at the scene riddled with bullet holes. A male victim made his own way to hospital with a serious gunshot wound.