Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the National Football League since 2006.
This was the second time in a week that Leonard was inactive for a game; like the first occasion, the sitdown came on the first night of a back-to-back. "The NBA has fined the Clippers $50,000 for statements, together with by head coach Doc Rivers, that have been inconsistent with Leonard's health standing".
Essentially, Leonard was surprised that the National Basketball Association would just come out and say he has a knee injury especially when the Clippers were trying to keep the specifics under wraps. "I'm not a guy that reads the media anyway".
On Wednesday, the league said it accepted the Clippers plan to sit Leonard, who was listed on the injury report with an ailing knee, in the first of back-to-back games.
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The NBA was also involved in this decision, justifying the Clippers' reasoning for sitting Leonard out - an intervention that is unprecedented when it comes to the handling of load management.
"For me, I'm on his side, you know what I mean?"
"I'm disappointed. He's my coach and I'm on his side", Leonard said of the fine.
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He revealed that part of the reason he refused to visit the White House is because his wife has two mothers and he wanted to "show support for them".
On the fine, he added: "That's just disappointing".
"It is what it is".
Leonard has not played in both games of a back-to-back since the 2016-17 season. The Clippers' defense held the duo scoreless in the fourth quarter on a combined 0-for-8 shooting. Last season's roster thrived by dominating bench minutes, but that hasn't been the case so far this year. Rivers has had to straddle the line between Leonard's desire for privacy regarding his health and the league's stance on transparency about injuries and load management.
"I think we said it all", he explained Thursday.
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"That's not what the doctor's subscribing right now [playing in back-to-backs]. We're gonna manage it and just keep moving forward".