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If Popovich is the "Godfather of Load Management", Brad Stevens is the Godson


San Antonio head coach, Gregg Popovich, has been at the helm of the Spurs for a quarter-century, and his troops almost always seem to be in the fight for another Title. Pop has five Championships and three Coach of the Year awards to his credit.

So Popovich wants no credit, and conversely, no blame, for becoming the "Godfather of Load Management". I give him the credit. He sat his stars, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli, to prolong their careers. And it appears the Celtics Brad Stevens is following suit.

Some NBA fans feel they deserve to see their stars in action, either in person or on television. I see that as another symptom of "instant gratification". They want to see Lebron James and Kevin Durant out on the court, even if they have a nagging injury or their careers may be cut short.

Soft tissue injuries are plaguing the League, and the "Out Indefinitely" and "Out For Season" reports are mounting. Brad Stevens has hopped on the Load Management bandwagon, making sure that his players, particularly the stars of his team, are hopefully healthy and rested for the post-season and will have lengthy careers.

Flash back to the Celtics 2008-09 season when a serious knee injury to Kevin Garnett likely prevented a repeat of the 2008 Championship. And a second injury to The Big Ticket may have hampered his play enough in the 2011 post-season to put a stop to The Green's Title hopes once again.

I am all in on the Load Management idea "spurred" on by Coach Pop. Stevens is savvy and knows the value of such a protocol, so expect to see Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and other Celtics players sitting out a significant number of games up to playoff time.

 


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