National Basketball Association warns Chicago Bulls about resting healthy players

Lynette Rowe
March 9, 2018

Robin Lopez, who is averaging 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, has not played since February 14 despite being healthy.

The Chicago Bulls still are free to lose games as they please.

Good teams play playoff positioning and the home court advantage that comes with a higher seed during the post-season. It is engaging in a race to the bottom with other teams trying to position themselves for the NBA Draft lottery.

Well, nevermind-what's silly about it is the fact that the Bulls are resting healthy players. But then again, what the Bulls would get a warning for is entirely their fault.

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Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, John Paxson, issued the following statement containing their communication with NBA. The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 last month after Cuban said on Julius Erving's podcast that he talked to his players about how it was in the organization's best interest to lose games down the stretch. The team has lost five of the six games in which he Saturday Justin Holiday, who is averaging 13 points per game, has only played once since the All-Star break.

With the NBA taking proactive action to warn the Bulls to play their best players, chances are teams will have to stay creative if they're looking to ride a losing streak all the way to a top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

The dialogue between league officials and the Bulls was cooperative and productive, with the league providing advice and the Bulls open to guidance on the nuances of the new rest rules, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Chicago had the NBA's eighth-worst record (21-42) entering Tuesday's games.

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