Kendrick Perkins rips load management trend in NBA: Softer than funeral home musical
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Former NBA champion Kendrick Perkins is not a fan of NBA players sitting out games due to load management as he believes it is becoming "beyond disrespectful." In recent years, load management has become a thing in the NBA and pretty much every night a star player is out due to load management.
Perkins, who won the NBA championships with the Boston Celtics, reveals players from the older generation consider this generation of NBA players "soften than funeral home musical." “First of all, this is what you sign up for.
You signed up to get paid top dollar and to play the game of basketball, and to be available. To be available. That’s not asking too much. It’s very disrespectful to the fan base, but it’s also disrespectful to all the players that paved the way for guys today to be in the position that they‘re in, for us getting paid top dollar to go out there and hoop every single night.
I hear all the old school guys, all the guys that played for us, they call our league soft. And not just from a physicality standpoint, but from a mental standpoint. And, guys today, when it comes down to their mental toughness, are softer than funeral home musical," Perkins said on ESPN's First Take, per FirstSportz.
Perkins not impressed with the load management trend
Perkins, who has been working as an NBA analyst on ESPN for the past couple of years, made a fair point. There is a good number of fans who have a specific game circled on their calendar and pay for a ticket to watch a certain star players.
But when their favorite player sits out the game due to load management, that same fan gets left disappointed. During this past All-Star weekend in Salt Lake, NBA commissioner Adam Silver was asked about the growing frustration among fans regarding the load management trend.
"I don't have a good answer for that other than this is a deep league with incredible competition," Silver said.