Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr defended his decision to sit out four starters, including Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins, against the Cleveland Cavaliers on the second night of a back-to-back on Friday night. Citing data that suggests rested players are safer plays, Kerr emphasized the importance of balancing bringing players back from injuries and getting them adequate rest. Despite fans' disappointment in not seeing their favorite players take the court, Kerr empathized with their frustration and emphasized that the decision was not a result of the Warriors' overtime loss to the Celtics the night before.
Kerr has been an advocate for a shorter NBA season in order to reduce player fatigue and injury risk. "I feel terrible for fans who buy tickets expecting to see someone play and they don't get to see that person play. It's a brutal part of the business. It's why I'm going to continue to advocate for 72-game seasons," Kerr stated before Friday's game. "I know that means less revenue, but at some point, I think there needs to be an awareness from everybody involved -- the league, players, coaches, performance staff. Let's be really smart. Let's take care of these guys and play fewer games and the overall quality of the game will be better, and if that's the case revenue is going to go up anyway."
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