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NASCAR driver takes bizarre shot at LeBron James, NBA for player rest

Dunk Wire logo Dunk Wire 8/21/2019 Erik García Gundersen

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LeBron James and the NBA's wave of load management has been a target of many a talking heads shows for various reasons, but they became the unlikely target of NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski as the driver defended the use of private planes among professional drivers in the wake of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s recent plane crash.

James' name was weirdly brought up by Keselowski as he was trying to make a point that private planes make it possible for them to spend time with family because they, unlike NBA players, don't get to take a race off without putting their careers at stake.

Per NBC Sports

"I understand that most people might not get that concept, but most people aren't in the situation we're in as race car drivers that travel every week. We don't get to skip a week. We're not like LeBron James where we get to sit on the bench or stay home for a week or whatever it is from other sports. This is 38 weeks, and they will run the race without you. And your a-- will get fired if you don't show up. So that's really hard to explain to people. And it's very hard to explain to your wife and daughter when you miss something that's really special to them. Private aviation is a great way to try to fill those gaps. And we might get a black eye because of that, but it's something that I'm really passionate about and very thankful for."

Load management and players taking games off during the regular season has swept through the NBA, with LeBron ironically being an example of someone who doesn't manage his load enough. He didn't take a single game off before tearing his groin last season, leading to the longest absence of his 16-year career. And the NBA is not going backwards when it comes to load management, especially given the success of Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors.

Perhaps Keselowski and other NASCAR drivers can negotiate it into their contracts to be able to take a race off without losing their jobs. However, considering NASCAR drivers don't have a union like NBA players do, that seems unlikely. It appears Keselowski will have to continue flying private.

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