While the Clippers deal with the fallout from Kawhi Leonard's "load management," Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets, is making sure his players don't get the wrong idea. According to Steve Clifford, current Orlando Magic coach and former head coach of the Hornets under MJ's ownership told Stefan Bondy that Jordan addressed the team during an annual meeting and noted, "Our guys aren't used to sitting on the second game of a back-to-back. We're not sitting guys just to sit," adding, "For me, my background frankly, it all goes back to expectations. Being with Michael in Charlotte, Michael used to tell them every year, you're paid to play 82 games."
Clifford also said, "I've been doing this for 20 years, and playing 82 games used to be a badge of courage for a lot of guys, [...] There were always a lot of guys who didn't want to play. They stood out more."