Resting Era Is Here to Stay, but NBA Needs to Remember That Winning Still Counts

December 20th, 2016 by Kevin Ding Leave a reply »

The smell of the Korean fried chicken wings wafted above all the other catered food options, and the steam drifted at the same slow speed from the shower area into the quiet locker room.

It was the losing team's locker room, and the guys sitting in it cared deeply that they were the losing team.

Allow me to take you back to the feeling that night in Milwaukee, two weeks before last Christmas, when something came to an end that probably will never be recaptured in this Rest Era of the NBA.

It was a team having given more than anyone could have expected, both mentally and physically, in pursuit of a regular-season victory.

The Golden State Warriors didn't win that night, losing the 25th game of their season after winning the first 24 to set a record in major professional sports. It came at the end of two weeks on the road, the second night of a back-to-back set after a double-overtime win in Boston, and it left Golden State one game short of becoming the first team ever to sweep a seven-game road trip.

However empty the Warriors felt then was not because of what they'd lost. It was because of all they ...

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