NBA commissioner Adam Silver urged team owners to be more involved in decisions to sit marquee players, something the Warriors did March 11 against the Spurs, in a memo reportedly sent Monday.

Silver called the practice of teams resting stars “an extremely significant issue for our league” in a memo sent to team owners, according to multiple media reports.

The issue will be a main topic of discussion at the next NBA Board of Governors meeting April 6 in New York, ESPN and Sports Illustrated reported.

Silver warned of “significant penalties” if teams don’t abide by the NBA’s standing rule to provide “notice to the league office, their opponent, and the media immediately upon a determination that a player will not participate in a game due to rest,” according to ESPN.

Owners deferring decision-making on the topic to others in their organizations is unacceptable, Silver stated. That’s because, Silver added, those other people may not have the correct awareness of the impact those decisions have on “fans and business partners,” the reputation of the league and “perception of our game.”

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