Add Karl Malone to the growing list of people frustrated by NBA teams sitting down their stars to give them a rest.
The 14-time NBA All-Star, who played at least 81 games in 14 of his 19 NBA seasons,told ESPN's Sage Steele Saturday that today's players need to play
"If you don't have at least 10 years experience, get your a—playing. It's not work, it's called playing," Malone told Steele."Besides,tell our underpaid service members andpolice andfirst responders to rest. Dammit, they can't."
The issue of NBA teams resting healthy players has become a heatedtopic in the past week. The Warriors rested Stephen Curry and three other stars last Saturday against the Spurs, and last night, the Cavaliers rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, although Irving and Love had lingering injuries. Cavaliers GM David Griffin later told ESPN that the NBA was "not happy" with the team's decision to rest their three stars.
Naturally, fans who buy tickets to see the big-name players perform are not happy when they don't play. The NBA must also worry about its TV partners, which see ratings fall when stars sit.