Load administration has been a time period that has surrounded the LA Clippers since Kawhi Leonard’s arrival in 2019. Now extra precisely labeled as damage administration, the idea permits groups to observe the workload of their gamers, particularly veterans and people with damage historical past.
For the Clippers, a few of that is strategic, and a few of it’s obligatory. In Leonard’s first yr with the group, he was not medically cleared to play back-to-backs. With that restriction being lifted throughout his second season, Leonard performed in each video games of back-to-back units on a number of events.
With Leonard coming off of an ACL damage, together with veterans like Paul George, Marcus Morris, and others who’ve damage historical past, the Clippers have a plan in place to observe the workloads of their veterans. Throughout a latest media availability session, group president Lawrence Frank detailed this plan.
After confirming that the Clippers put a major emphasis on depth so as to successfully handle their veterans, Lawrence Frank stated, “We need to be able that when sadly guys do have injures, we nonetheless compete on the highest degree… As a result of we’ve a bunch of men of their mid-prime, there’s an urgency to how we method day-after-day, but additionally on the similar time, we wish our guys to have the ability to be at their finest when their finest is required, which is April, Could, and June.”
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Talking specifically concerning the finish of the season and the playoffs, Frank stated, “To have the ability to give a few of these heavy-load carriers [rest], to the place they are not overtaxed at the moment – but there’s sufficient continuity the place there’s rhythm there, so it is a tremendous steadiness.”
Circling again to the group’s depth, Frank stated he believes the Clippers are well-suited to perform their objective of preserving their veterans for the season’s most important months. The group’s president of basketball operations added that there can be a person plan in place for every participant on the roster, and whereas it will not be mapped out months upfront, there can be an in depth plan for every participant, that considers all components of the upcoming schedule.
Led by a head coach that has confirmed the flexibility to make the most of depth successfully, the Clippers are well-positioned to function inside their present imaginative and prescient of sustaining continuity, well being, and success.
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