It is neither glamorous nor new, but Commissioner Adam Silver considers it the most important issue for the N.B.A. right now: star players missing games for the sole purpose of rest.
With more coaches sitting players in recent weeks as they prepare their teams for the long haul of the postseason, much to the chagrin of fans and the N.B.A.’s broadcast partners (Click LOLGA to view more NBA news )
, the issue was a main topic of conversation among the league’s owners at their annual meetings in New York this week.
On Friday, Silver said there was agreement among the owners that teams should avoid resting “multiple players” for games that are broadcast on national television. In addition, Silver said, the owners concluded that teams should rest players for home games whenever possible, rather than sit them on the road when opposing fans might miss their only chance to see them play.
“Resting is a complex issue with a lot of factors to consider,” Silver said at a news conference in Midtown Manhattan. “But there was a consensus on the need to find the right balance between appropriate rest for our players on one hand and our obligation to our fans and business partners on the other hand.”