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Sport Clippers' Kawhi Leonard on load management criticism: 'It's just disappointing'

16:35  08 november  2019
16:35  08 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Rivers addresses late substitution of Kawhi: 'I didn't think we were going to win'

  Rivers addresses late substitution of Kawhi: 'I didn't think we were going to win' Kawhi Leonard's load management became one of the biggest talking points in the league last season, and it's already sparked controversy just three games into his tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers. With 4:15 remaining in Saturday's affair and L.A. trailing the Phoenix Suns 115-103, head coach Doc Rivers substituted Leonard out of the game for Moe Harkless. The Clippers would immediately battle back and pulled as close as seven points. However, Leonard remained on the bench until the 1:34 mark. Rivers cited a 30-35 minutes limit for the reigning Finals MVP and wanted to adhere to that as Leonard was already at 31 when he exited the matchup.

When Clippers star Kawhi Leonard spoke, though, he expressed his annoyance clearly. Leonard shared his displeasure for receiving criticism on his load - management “ It ’ s just disappointing . It feels like they want players to play even if they’re not ready,” Leonard said of the NBA.

Los Angeles Clippers star, Kawhi Leonard sat out in yet another nationally televised basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, due to load management , knee. “ Kawhi not playing to me is ridiculous at this point,” Burke said Wednesday on ESPN’ s GET UP. “I don’t understand it . He is a great player.

LOS ANGELES – His tone sounded stoic and his body language appeared apathetic. When Clippers star Kawhi Leonard spoke, though, he expressed his annoyance clearly.

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Kawhi Leonard has played in seven of the Clippers' first nine games.© Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports Kawhi Leonard has played in seven of the Clippers' first nine games.

Leonard shared his displeasure for receiving criticism on his load-management program and for the NBA fining the Clippers $50,000 for coach Doc Rivers making comments “that were inconsistent with his health status.”

“It’s just disappointing. It feels like they want players to play even if they’re not ready,” Leonard said of the NBA. “I don’t read into it. I have to do what will make me healthy and help the team be successful. That’s me being able to play basketball games for us.”

NBA sides with Clippers in Kawhi load-management controversy

  NBA sides with Clippers in Kawhi load-management controversy The NBA has no issue with the Los Angeles Clippers resting Kawhi Leonard during back-to-backs. Los Angeles' decision to sit Leonard for Wednesday's nationally televised game against the Milwaukee Bucks drew criticism on social media, but the league released a statement in defense of the Clippers' load management. "Kawhi Leonard is not a healthy player under the league's resting policy and, as such, is listed as managing a knee injury in the LA Clippers' injury report," league spokesperson Mike Bass said, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers , center, sat out of Wednesday’ s game against the Milwaukee Bucks as part of a so-called load The league office, in its statement on Thursday night, reiterated that the Clippers ’ decision to “sit Leonard for management of an injury was consistent with

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

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Leonard played in the Clippers’ 107-101 win over Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday at Staples Center. He scored 27 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter on 6-of-10 shooting after laboring through the first three periods on a combined 3-of-13 clip. Leonard sat on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks, however, marking the second time in a week he sat the first game of a nationally televised back-to-back as part of the Clippers’ load management program.

The NBA reiterated in a statement on Thursday that “the team’s decision to sit Leonard for management of an injury was consistent with league rules.” The NBA only fined the Clippers because Rivers said before Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee that Leonard “feels great, but he feels great because of what we’ve been doing.” The NBA believed Rivers’ comment undercut the league’s support of the Clippers for resting Leonard for an actual injury.

Doc Rivers defends sitting Kawhi Leonard: ‘We obviously have to do what’s right by our players’

  Doc Rivers defends sitting Kawhi Leonard: ‘We obviously have to do what’s right by our players’ Doc Rivers defends sitting Kawhi Leonard: ‘We obviously have to do what’s right by our players’

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (right) has already sat out two LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers have drawn criticism for their decision to rest Kawhi Leonard twice so far I think Kawhi made a statement that he’s never felt better. It ’ s our job to make sure he stays that way.

The league didn't punish L.A. for load managing Leonard at first, but are now fining the team after a statement by Doc Rivers.

When an NBA team submits its injury report a day before a game, the NBA has independent doctors verify the players’ medical records before approving the absence, according to two people familiar with the situation. The two people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

The NBA has adopted this practice in the past two years in hopes to improve team transparency and prevent teams from sitting their players arbitrarily. It was not known until Thursday, however, about the exact nature of Leonard’s ailments. In its statement, the NBA revealed that Leonard has dealt with an “ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee and has been placed by the team at this time on an injury protocol for back-to-back games.”

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What does Michael Jordan think about load management? 'You're paid to play 82 games'

  What does Michael Jordan think about load management? 'You're paid to play 82 games' The older generations are always telling young’uns they have it easy. © Provided by Oath Inc. Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan doesn't seem to be into load management, either. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Oh, you have to walk to the end of the road to catch the bus? “Back in my day, we walked 15 miles uphill — both ways, in the snow — to get to school.”Oh, you do this thing called “load management?” “Back in my day, we played every game and watched our arms fall off it they had to. We glued ’em back on, walked 15 more miles to the arena in snow and did it again.

Doc Rivers' contradicting comments on Kawhi Leonard ' s health status just cost the L.A. Clippers a big chunk of change. To be clear -- the Association is saying Leonard actually IS injured making it okay for him to sit out against the Bucks. The reason Doc' s comments were such a big issue is that

It appears Kawhi Leonard may be healthier than we thought, as the LA Clippers star confirmed Thursday that he will not be on a load management plan this year. Coming into the season, health was one of the main concerns for the LA Clippers . The franchise acquired two of the league’ s best players

Rivers maintained he’s “scared to answer” on what he thought of the NBA sharing information about Leonard’s injury publicly. Leonard considered the development to be “shocking.”

“It doesn’t matter to me. I’m not a guy that reads the media, anyway,” Leonard said. “We’re going to manage it the best way we can to keep me healthy. That’s the most important thing moving forward.”

Leonard has followed a load management program ever since he played in only nine games two years ago because of an injured right quad during his final season with the San Antonio Spurs. So when the Spurs traded Leonard to the Toronto Raptors, Leonard followed a load management program last year that limited him to 60 regular-season games in 34 minutes per game. Leonard believed that approach helped him win his second NBA championships and second Finals MVP while averaging 39.1 minutes per game during the playoffs.

As for this season, Leonard has averaged 30.9 minutes through seven games and has missed contests against Utah and Milwaukee. He also has worked out and received treatment after each game, a routine that usually lasts between an hour and 90 minutes. It remains unclear if Leonard will sit in future back-to-backs, beginning with a road slate next week in Houston (Wednesday) and New Orleans (Thursday). Yet, Leonard already noticed how his routine has improved his health.

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Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard will be out due to load - management against the Milwaukee Bucks. Superstar Kawhi Leonard is infamous for sitting out during nationally televised games due to load We’re just trying to do it , I don’t know, I’m trying to say more efficiently than others.

We're just going to continue to do it . There' s no concern here. If that is what Leonard did, as Rivers seems to indicate, it not only adds fuel to that fire, but hurts the league' s credibility on If the Clippers plan to keep him on one, though, the NBA will now likely be stricter in enforcing its rules against them

“It just helps from me pushing on something that is not ready,” Leonard said. “We’re going to keep managing it moving forward. I’m not a doctor. That’s what the doctors and my training staff is for and letting me know and then telling them how I feel. We have to keep moving forward.”

Meanwhile, the Clippers are trying to move forward by adjusting to Leonard’s schedule. The Clippers have yet to win without Leonard in the lineup. They have become encouraged, though, with how Leonard and his teammates have helped them absorb Paul George’s absence while recovering from off-season surgery on his left shoulder. He plans to complete a full-contact practice on Saturday and could return as early as Wednesday against Houston.

Until then, the Clippers have tried to accomplish two things.

One, the Clippers have handled Leonard with care so that they can lean on him in games he plays. He entered Thursday’s game averaging a league-leading 12.6 points on 55.3 percent shooting in 9.5 minutes per game in the fourth quarter. Against Portland, Leonard made two jumpers and four free throws in the final 2:40.

“What I love about him and several of our guys is he plays the game to win,” Rivers said of Leonard. “He has the ability to get by what happened during the game. Because of his closing time, he has the ability to focus.”

Clippers still waiting for Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to share court

  Clippers still waiting for Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to share court Paul George made his home debut for the Clippers on Saturday night, but Kawhi Leonard sat out to rest his sore left knee."There’s no concern," coach Doc Rivers said. "It’s day-to-day.

It was one of just two Los Angeles defeats this season. Leonard 's play Sunday helped the Clippers overcome a sluggish offensive performance in a "With me, it ' s just about taking advantage of the moment and not shying away, just keep going to your spots and shooting and keep being aggressive

The Clippers rested Leonard for load management in a nationally televised game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, which caused a minor We're just going to continue to do it . There' s no concern here. But we want to make sure. I think Kawhi made a statement that he' s never felt better.

Two, the Clippers have ensured team balance. Clippers guard Lou Williams added 26 points off the bench, including making a jumper and a 3-pointer in the final minute. The Clippers (6-3) held Portland (3-5) to a combined 37.5 percent clip, while holding Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum scoreless on a combined 0-of-8 clip in the fourth quarter after they both scored 22 points through three periods The Clippers entered Thursday's game boasting the NBA's most productive bench (50.8 points per game).

“I’m sure throughout the course of the year, they’re not going to be the only guys that will be out of the rotation,” Williams said of Leonard and George. “When somebody goes out, you have to adjust and you have to be next man up. You continue to push. But one thing we can control is hard we compete.”

Leonard showed those qualities against Portland partly because he sat the previous night against Milwaukee. That approach might hurt Leonard’s chances to win a regular-season MVP award. He has his eyes set, though, on a different set of hardware.

Said Leonard: “It’s never one of my goals. The goal is to try to win a championship.”

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