Load Management, a Message to The Blue Collar

Adonis Richards
6 min readJan 11, 2020
Kawhi plays defense against the Charlotte Hornets

It’s the dawn of unsuspecting weekday, you’re going about your regular routine. Nothing particular occurs until you hear the headline: Kawhi Leonard sits out for another game to load manage. You think to yourself, load manage? How do you get paid millions to “load manage”. Aren’t you a professional athlete? Don’t you have the best doctors in the world? Why are you sitting out if you’re not hurt or injured? load manage? What preposterous concept is this?

“I wish I could load manage. “ I the thought you think when you go about your everyday routine grinding to get a fraction of what Kawhi Leonard receives.

However, you can. In fact, we do every day.

See, this sports concept of load management is not a new inquiry. But it is out of the norm. There is this “ American “ concept of pulling up our bootstraps and working every day. The harder the worker, the more impressive. If you’re not up at 5 am you’re not working hard enough. If you’re not persevering every day, you’re not completing something.

When In fact, the most successful people don’t work hard. They work smart. Kawhi Leonard recently won an NBA championship by working smart. We can debate the details of if the Warriors were healthy or if that game seven buzzer-beater didn’t happen. But the truth of the matter is the history books will…