LA Clippers news: Potential new rule prevents stars from load managing

Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

As Kawhi Leonard joined the LA Clippers in 2019, he brought load management with him. This strategy not only lines up with his injury history, but also helped his longevity over the years. In simple terms, the two-time champion sits out during the year, primarily on back-to-backs.

Furthermore, Paul George has used the same strategy, causing the Clippers to lose countless games. This is not only a problem for the team; fans are paying their hard-earned money to watch the league’s best two-way duo in action. It is unfair to them if load management is the reason for their absence.

That said, the NBA’s Board of Governors is looking to vote on a rule that could eliminate load management, forcing players like Leonard and George to suit up night in and night out.

If there is no legitimate reason, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George should not be resting for the LA Clippers.

Shams Charania, an NBA insider, reported a potential rule that could significantly affect the LA Clippers. This is crucial news, especially considering how important the upcoming season will be for the franchise’s future.

Moreover, later this week, there will be a vote on the team’s inability to rest two star players in the same game. This is completely understandable, as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have gone above and beyond when it comes to load management.

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Nonetheless, Leonard and George will face different pressures in the upcoming season if this voting goes through. Not only is the clock ticking for a championship, but they are also due for a long-term extension. They must prove to the front office why they are worth the top dollar in today’s style of basketball.