Basketball fans everywhere have been complaining about load management for quite some time. Even current and former players have shared their disdain for it.
Well, it sounds like the NBA is finally on the verge of addressing the issue.
According to Shams Charania, “NBA, NBPA moving closer to [an] agreement to establish [a] rule that a player must play in a minimum number of games to be eligible for major awards as part of potential new Collective Bargaining Agreement.”
Charania goes into further detail in his article for The Athletic.
“Top league and players union officials held a Competition Committee meeting on Friday to discuss an issue both sides are jointly motivated on: star players playing in more games, and staying healthy enough so that the NBA can display its best talent on a night-to-night basis.”
Load management has been a thing in the NBA for quite some time now. However, most fans will agree that it’s bad for the game.
Players like Anthony Edwards have called out their peers over the issue in the past.
I think Ant speaks for us all. 🙏🙌pic.twitter.com/rAyrYejc56
— Covers (@Covers) February 20, 2023
It’s time for the NBA to make a change and it’s nice to hear that the NBPA agrees, per Shams Charania. “while both sides still need to come to an agreement on the number of games that players would need to play in order to qualify for awards, the two sides do agree on the concept.”
Making this change hopefully leads to star players making more appearances throughout the regular season. We’ll see what comes of it, but this is a good first step in the right direction.