Why are NBA teams resting players these days?

Lebron James, Kawhi Leonard, etc. are all getting rest days from games. I don't remember top players of yesteryear like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson being rested. As far as I know, NHL, football, soccer, and other athletes aren't rested. Why are teams resting players now... they're professional... show more Lebron James, Kawhi Leonard, etc. are all getting rest days from games. I don't remember top players of yesteryear like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson being rested. As far as I know, NHL, football, soccer, and other athletes aren't rested. Why are teams resting players now... they're professional athletes, so putting in at least 20 minutes of basketball a night should be easy for them.
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