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NBA cracks down on Nets for resting healthy players against Bucks


The NBA handed down a $100K fine to the Brooklyn Nets for resting four rotational players in a narrow loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on December 29.

Brooklyn rested Cam Johnson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Nic Claxton, while Mikal Bridges played just 12 minutes to extend his consecutive games streak. 

The NBA has a load management problem and made the Nets an example by levying the fine against Brooklyn. A second offense would result in a $250K fine and each additional offense will produce an additional $1M fine on top of it. 

A league investigation revealed there were no injuries that precluded the players from participating.

While Bridges' absence could be excused, the notion of resting multiple healthy players goes against everything the new CBA intends to avoid. 

The real losers in this equation are the hard working fans who paid money to see their favorite players. 

Hopefully, the Nets and the other 29 teams are all on notice that these type of deceitful tactics to rest healthy players won't be tolerated. 


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