Dallas Mavericks

When it comes to resting players, Carlisle sympathizes with Kerr

DALLAS – Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr found out there’s a fine line coaches have to walk when deciding when to rest their "healthy’’ regular players while always trying to be mindful of the fans who pay big money to see those players play.

While the Warriors were in Denver this past Friday to play the Nuggets, Kerr rested Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala. Kerr reportedly received emails from some fans expressing their displeasure, and he showed some sympathy when he emailed a few of them back.

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has occasionally rested a few of his players this season when his team played back-to-back games. Thus, he could relate to what Kerr experienced.

"You just got to do what’s right for the team,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. "I don’t know much about that situation (with the Warriors).

"I saw a little blip about it, but communication with the fans is a great thing and every situation is a little bit different.’’

Carlisle acknowledged that "it’s that time of the year’’ when coaches may rest players -- for the long-term good of their team – if the situation warranted it.

"And if you’ve worked to get the kind of lead that they’ve gotten, you have the luxury of doing that,’’ Carlisle said of the Warriors. "At the same time you’re going to hear about it a little bit.

"The fact that Steve’s communicating with the fans is really a positive thing. I’m sure he explained their situation well.’’