Hall-of-Fame guard Allen Iverson is Not Here for Resting Players
By Brandon Simmons
There is a new phenomenon that has the NBA up in arms but not out of their seats and that thing s called “rest”. Lately it seems more teams are benching the players not because of performance, but rather to ensure they have energy for more performances. Former NBA player Allen Iverson who has always been regarded as someone to play through anything, says it was impossible to get him on the bench.”
“It’s different,” he explained to ESPN. “I never thought anything like that would happen. A guy like myself loved to compete night in and night out. Tired, hurt, it doesn’t matter. To each his own. If it helps those guys and it helps their team, then so be it.”
While Iverson might be jabbed at for his attitude on going to practice, he took a very aggressive stance on what would happen if a coach asked him to take a night off with no injuries.
“It would have definitely been a big problem. We would’ve definitely had it out, and hopefully I would’ve came out on top.”
But ultimately, he knew that it was something more important for the fans rather than his own interests:
Iverson addressed 'resting': “I would never, ever, ever sit out a game if something wasn’t broke … I knew you’ll would want to see me."
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 17, 2016
San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Poppovich made “resting” popular when he would sit future hall-of-famers Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili at various points during the season to save them for the playoffs. He made headlines in November 2012 when he sent that Big 3 home and not play against the Miami Heat’s Big 3 of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Ironically, James, now a little older himself has been sitting out a couple of games for rest reasons. According to USA Today, the Cavaliers beat the Memphis Grizzlies without the services of the 30-year-old James and 24-year-old Kyrie Irving or forward Kevin Love.
Obviously, Iverson came from a completely different era than what is going on today, so his views are going to align with his own experiences. Teams such as the Cavaliers and Spurs can use the “rest” excuse because they are perennial contenders that expect to make the postseason each year and want to make sure their best players, can compete at high levels for over a month.
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