Cleveland Cavaliers News: Karl Malone Blasts Cavs for Resting Stars Against Los Angeles Clippers

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 03/20/17 06:16AM EDT
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NBA legend Karl Malone had some words for the Cleveland Cavaliers who rested their Big Three in a game versus the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday. (Photo : YouTube/ HuffPost Live)

An NBA Hall of Famer was disappointed with the Cleveland Cavaliers' decision to rest LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love in Saturday's 108-78 defeat against the Los Angeles Clippers. Karl Malone vented his frustrations about the issue in a recent interview. 

"If you don't have at least 10 years experience, get your ass playing. It's not work --it's called playing. Besides, tell our underpaid service members and police and first responders to rest. They can't," Malone said, as shared by ESPN's Sage Steel on Twitter

The Cavaliers are known for resting players like James, especially when there are back-to-back games in their schedule. However, their recent move may have been noticed because the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs did the same thing when they played against each other last March 11.

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala were out during the game. The Spurs, on the other hand, did not play Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, and LaMarcus Aldridge, who at that time were all dealing with health problems. 

In a report by ESPN a couple of days ago, Cavaliers GM David Griffin revealed that the NBA called him immediately after they announced that their Big Three were sitting out versus the Clippers. He said the league was "not happy," but he defended the decision. 

"I'm not overly concerned about the perception of it. We literally had one guy rest tonight, and everybody else was reasonably injured, so I don't feel like we did anything terribly egregious," Griffin explained. James was the only player at a hundred percent among the three. Irving dealt with a shoulder injury, while Love was just coming back from a knee surgery last month. 

The NBA has yet to find a solution to this issue, which is disappointing to fans waiting for key matchups in the regular season. Coaches and players suggested several times before that the regular season schedule must be adjusted but until now, it remains the same.



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