Load management for NBA superstars is a hot topic around the league. As teams grind through an 82-game schedule, they opt to rest their most valuable players in an effort to preserve them for the playoffs.
As teams take precautions, there's a perception that players don't want to suit up, a narrative that Steph Curry tried to nix.
Warriors president of basketball operations and general manager Bob Myers supported his superstar, who played in both ends of a back-to-back this week against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets, by saying that players in the NBA right now are playing a different game than in the past.
"As far as the game's pace, the energy expended has shifted from what it was," Myers said on 95.7 The Game's "Steiny & Guru" on Wednesday ahead of the Warriors' game against the Timberwolves. "And I don't say that as an excuse. I just say you're seeing more fatigue, more energy exerted in the pace of this game. You're seeing offensive ratings explode ...
"I do think it's something the players care about, whether it means three more days at the start of the season [or] three more at the end. I don't know what it means. I don't know as far as correcting it. But I do think it will get better because I don't think there's players that don't want to play."
However, teams attempting to conserve their players and not run them into the ground affects the fan experience, who pay high ticket prices. Myers notes that he feels for fans' inability to see star players but adds that it's not because players want to sit out these games.
"If the fans' narrative is, these guys are not wanting to play, that isn't true," Myers continued. "So if they're wanting to play, and clearly the fans do and the coaches do and the league does, all we have to do is find a way where we can maybe, maybe create a little more space and figure that out. And I think it's doable."
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The Warriors are using load management because most of their star players, like Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, are in their 30s with a lot of mileage in their careers.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr floated the idea of a 72-game NBA schedule last April. Nonetheless, it's an issue that will need coaches, players, management and league officials to find a solution that works for everyone.