The NBA’s board of governors met on Wednesday and discussed a new rule surrounding the discipline for missed games. According to this new rule, teams will be fined if they rest healthy players. This is a specific issue related to load management. How will the new NBA rule affect Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James?
NBA teams can’t rest more than one star player for the same game. All teams must ensure that their superstars suit up for nationally televised games. The same applies to in-season tournament games. NBA teams will also have to balance between the number of one-game absences for their stars in home and road games. All teams should also ensure that their healthy players are visible to fans in attendance.
“As the league negotiates a new media rights deal, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been determined to increase player participation, and the league’s goal is to strengthen the initial player resting policies that were adopted in the 2017-18 season and new rules that mandate players participate in 65 regular-season games to be eligible for postseason awards,” Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN explained.
The new rule doesn’t apply to LeBron
The four-time NBA champion will be able to miss back-to-back games. He is over 35 and has seen a lot of action since he first entered the NBA. LeBron played his fair share of games and he can get some rest whenever he needs one.
“The NBA will allow pre-approved designated back-to-back allowances for players who are 35 years old on opening night or have career workloads of 34,000 regular-season minutes or 1,000 regular-season and playoff games combined, sources said,” ESPN’s Bobby Marks wrote.
LeBron is entering another challenging season. He and the Lakers almost made the NBA Finals last season, but things went out of control in the Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers did issue a big warning for the rest of the NBA and they are ready to give their best shot in the 2023-24 NBA season. So is LeBron.