- Dwyane Wade told Business Insider that he would sign up for load management if he played today.
- Wade said load management, a controversial practice of resting players in the NBA, can be important, especially for star players coming off of long playoff runs and preparing for another.
- Wade said he understands the criticism, citing fans who pay money to see players play, but said there is “no right answer” to the dilemma.
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Dwyane Wade knows the toll heavy minutes and a long playoff run can take on the body, and doesn’t blame today’s NBA players and teams for managing players wisely.
While speaking to Business Insider ahead of the release of his new documentary with ESPN, “Life Unexpected,” Wade said he approves of “load management” — the practice of managing NBA players’ minutes and game totals in hopes of getting more rest for the postseason.
“Sign me up for load management,” Wade said. “It’s a long season.”
Kawhi Leonard is the face of load management in the NBA. When the Toronto Raptors traded for Leonard in 2018, they developed a plan to rest him throughout the season, coining the term “load management,” as Leonard had mi