In the memo, Silver informed teams that the issue will be a prime topic of discussion at the next NBA board of governors meeting April 6 in New York and warned of ”significant penalties” for teams that don’t abide by the league’s standing rules for providing ”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.” – excerpt used from ESPN.com
Good for Adam Silver and the NBA league office for addressing this issue. Star players simply receiving DNP – coaches decision should not be tolerated especially for prime time national TV games.
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Take this past Saturday for example. While most of the viewers were distracted by the ongoing events of the days NCAA, Lebron James and Kyrie Irving were rested for their game against the Clippers.
Go back to two weeks ago and Steve Kerr decided to rest Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in a match-up against the Spurs. A game that could decide who receives a decisive game 7 in the western conference finals on their home court.
Now why is this such a significant issue?
These players are of superstar quality. These are the players fans spend their hard earned money to go see play the game of basketball. These players are role models to kids and these kids view them as heroes.
A family of four may spend up to $1,000 on a single game. That may not seem like a lot to a some but to those few that’s all they can afford. This game that they went to see was marked on their calender’s for months likely.
Worst part is, these tickets need to be bought months in advance. It is almost impossible to purchase Warriors – Spurs and Cavaliers – Clippers tickets the day of event.
I understand data, analytics and modern science has proved that rest is important throughout the season. I understand a player like Lebron James has played the most minutes of any player the last six seasons.
However, my argument to the Lebron James and Steph Curry’s of the world is they will not be advocating for less games. Less games leads to less NBA TV revenue and leads to a lesser salary cap.
Lebron James is one of the best businessman the NBA has ever seen. I can’t fathom a situation where he wants to make less money.
If they NBA were to cut the season from 82 games to 66 games, players would oppose it as they would not make the same amount of money and their individual statistics would worsen as climbing up the all time leader board would be more difficult.
See the players rest cause there’s no penalty. The players who rest should donate that games paycheck to a charity of their choice. Why be paid if your not working?
At the very least, stay behind after the game is complete and sign some autographs and take pictures with the fans who came to watch you play.
The NBA does a better job of marketing their superstars more so than any of the other four major professional leagues. However, the product the NBA markets, the product the NBA sells to fans and the product the NBA shows on TV is not always what they advertise.
That is a significant issue and as a fan of the NBA I am glad to hear the commissioner taking notice of this.
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