NBA coaches resting players is still a topic, andPatrick Beverley has some thoughts on it.
"I don't believe in resting. I think that's bulls—," he said after Sunday's game against the Thunder. "I think that's a disgrace to this league. I think that fans deserve better.I could care less about coaches asking players to rest or not. It's up to you to play or not, and if you don't, you're disrespecting the game. And I don't believe in disrespecting the game, because there was a time where I wasn't playing in the NBA and I was trying to get here. So me resting, I feel like, is disrespecting me, disrespecting the name on the front of the jersey and disrespecting the name on the back of the jersey."
The Rockets guard had a difficult road to the NBA, spending several seasons playing overseas before finally getting his chance to play. Now he's an important player on one of the league's best teams and he doesn't feel like resting.
Don't expect everyone to appreciate Beverley's message, though. While he's averaging a solid 30 minutes per game, he's no stranger to rest. Many people pointed out the hypocrisy of his statements.
Beverley has appeared in 282 of 401 career games. I guess it's harder to see the need for rest when you sit 30% of time for other reasons. https://t.co/OZVgPD5dG9
— Spiciest Memelord (@7ha_r3verend) March 27, 2017
Beverley said if you're injured, then rest is fine, but otherwise, get on the court.
"If you're feeling OK, then you should play," he said. "That's what you get paid for. That's what fans deserve. The fans definitely deserve that. That's what the city deserves."
Beverley will be happy to know then that his next opponents, the Warriors, won't be resting starters Tuesday. Coach Steve Kerr told reporters Sunday night he plans to play his stars in a back-to-back at Houston and San Antonio this week.