I think something serious needs to be done about load management..when healthy players are taking it upon themselves to sit out games...it devalues the entire game of basketball...kawhi skips a quarter of the season to be fresh in the playoffs and he gets to play against guys who toughed out the entire season or as much as they could and somehow his wins are supposed to be the same?
when one player starts getting away with it...then others are going to start doing the same. And slowly but surely the entire 82 game season will become more and more pointless..because what's the point? as long as we can make it to the playoffs...kawhi is a good player, no doubt but a lot had to go his way last season....he got traded to a team that was the #1 seed (maybe 2 or even 3, don't feel like checking right now) and had repeatedly gone deep into the playoffs. They weren't a bunch of scrubs that he took to the finals. If it weren't for a couple of lucky bounces they would have lost to the sixers...and if the warriors weren't decimated by injuries they would have definitely lost. He was coming back from an injury so I had no problem with it and i imagine neither did a lot of other people. but this? If KD to the warriors was weak than what do you even call this?
I am now legitimately happy that Kawhi didn't sign with the lakers. I don't want to win like that. Kawhi signed with the clippers because he wanted the challenge? What kind of challenge is it when you play 75% of the games compared to everyone else? What kind of challenge is it when you duck the best players and the best teams? he had the entire summer off...and the season is not even two weeks old and he's already choosing to sit out two games. You want load management? play one half of one game and play one half of another game and between two full games you played one and sat out for another. Can't handle the stress of a run and gun offense? slow it down then.
oh and another thing that's going to bother me...Kawhi is the best player in the league? he's the best two-way player because he's very good on both sides of the ball? doesn't mean much if you choose to start skipping games. going to have to put an asterik next to everything he does. and if anyone thinks Kawhi should get an mvp...smh..the worst part is I don't even know how the NBA can come down on this and prevent or if they even care to. and we're all just going to sit back and watch as this new fad erodes this beloved game.
If y'all couldn't tell, i'm super bothered about this and thanks for coming to my TED talk.