It’s been a big debate for the last few weeks when it comes to NBA stars sitting out games to rest. Many would look at it as a business strategy and others would say its took keep their players healthy for playoffs. Then you got the group of people, like former NBA player Karl Malone, who believes every game should be played unless an injury or recovering from one. Michael Jordan, Malone and many 90s NBA players did not rest games, even when they were bound for the playoffs.
Current NBA star James Harden agrees with not resting games according to ESPN reports. Besides him getting paid to do it, he enjoys playing:
I’m a hooper.
I just want to hoop. I’ll rest when I’m done. I feel like my teammates and organization need me to go out there and do what I do. I get obviously paid for it, but it’s something I love. I enjoy the grind. I enjoy how hard it is. I think that makes you tougher. That makes you who you are.
When asked if head coach Mike D’Antoni might rest him regardless, Harden responded, “Mike knows not to come at me with that”.