Kevin Durant thinks resting complaints are 'only about a couple of players'

By Alec Brzezinski 30 March 2017
Kevin Durant thinks resting complaints are 'only about a couple of players'

Kevin Durant thinks the controversy surrounding resting players has been blown slightly out of proportion.

The star small forward, who is still out of action for the Warriors with an injury, doesn't think NBA commissioner Adam Silver needs to get team owners involved.

"The truth about it is, it's only for a couple of players in the league," Durant told ESPN.com. "They don't care if the 13th man on the bench rests. It's only for like LeBron [James], Steph [Curry], [James] Harden, Russell [Westbrook]. It's only for like five players, so you want a rule just for those five players?"

Durant conveniently failed to mention himself, Kyrie Irving, who along with James helped spark the controversy, the Spurs stars, DeMar DeRozan and Isaiah Thomas — if their teams ever sat them — DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis and a host of other stars for respective teams.

Though Durant did mention he understood why fans are upset, he believes NBA players need "mental breaks" throughout a season.

"Players, if anything, need a mental break sometimes. And sorry, they're human," Durant told ESPN. "They go through so much every single day. There are so many obligations off the court that you don't know about ... family. ... It might not be a physical break, it might just be a reset mentally, and I get that.

"And I also get if I was a fan and could afford to get tickets, and I'm circling LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook on my calendar, I would want to see them play live. I would be disappointed as well. I see it from the fans' perspective and the players' perspective. I'm caught right in the middle."

Durant is irked by the contenders receiving the brunt of the criticism when he feels teams at the bottom of the standings rest players, too.

"It's hard for you to just craft a rule out for the top players," he said. "I've seen guys that's not even in the playoffs resting, sitting out for the rest of the season. And it's nothing against those guys. I'm not trying to bash them or anything. [Phoenix Suns center] Tyson Chandler is out. They got him sitting out for the rest of the year. I'm sure he wants to play, but they're not saying anything about Tyson Chandler, so it's hard for me to really talk about this. It's not a league-wide rule. It's not a league-wide concern.

"It's only a concern for the top players."

That's not true. Tanking has been a big concern for NBA fans and executives for some time now — just ask the 76ers.

It doesn't appear as though the resting problem will find a solution any time soon, but the NBA, at least, does seem interested to fixing the fad.

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