NBA owners are expected to approve player-resting rules in September designed to cut back on teams benching healthy players for regular-season games, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until league owners officially adopt the rules at their next Board of Governors meeting. The rules will be in place by the start of the 2017-18 season, and there will be consequences for teams that do not adhere to them. It’s a move that should please fans and the league’s business partners. ”There is an expectation among partners that teams are going to act in appropriate ways, (and) find, as I said, that right balance between resting on one hand and obligations to fans and partners on the other,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver told reporters at his April news conference. Silver also understands a team’s desire to rest a healthy player. ”We are going into The Finals with a No. 1 seed in the West, No. 2 seed in the East, two teams that obviously had tremendous regular seasons, and every player is healthy,” Silver said in June. ”So I don’t necessarily think the fan benefits by somehow if the league could require a player who wasn’t injured but was banged up to play in a game when the trainers felt that player needed rest. I don’t think the fan benefits by requiring that player to play and then that player getting injured.” Silver has hinted at the idea of teams not resting multiple starters in the same game and not resting a starter for away games.
NBA expected to approve player-resting rules
Chicago Sun-Times | Aug 10