Patrick Beverley is Over Players Missing Games For “Rest”
28-year-old Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley had a lot to say about this new trend of various teams’ “resting” players towards the end of the regular season. Beverley told ESPN’s Tim McMahon pointedly, “I think that’s bullsh-t!” He went on to say, “I think it’s a disgrace to this league. I think that fans deserve better.”
Former player and current Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been known to rest his key players and told ESPN’s Chris Haynes in defense of his tactic that, “It’s my call, and it’s the right thing to do in terms of the way the season is playing out and the way minutes have gone and KD’s [Kevin Durant’s] injury.”
However, Beverley sees it as the responsibility of the player to show the game the proper respect. “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.”
Barring injury, the Houston Rockets are not in the practice of resting players. In fact, James Harden and Trevor Ariza have yet to miss a game this season.