It’s time for the NBA to put an end to this whole rest-your-starters-in-March debacle, as fans have suffered for long enough.
When the Cavaliers traveled to Staples Center on Saturday night, fans expected to see LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in the game. The average resale ticket price for the game was over $300, and fans aren’t really interested in paying that amount of money to see J.R. Smith, Deron Williams and Richard Jefferson.
In defense of Kevin Love, he’s still coming back from injury. He did play 20 minutes against the Jazz on Thursday night, though, and probably could have spent some time on the court if the Cavs’ coaching staff wanted him to.
But instead, the powers that be elected to rest James, Irving and Love for a nationally-televised game, and announced the decision just hours before tip-off. And neither James nor Irving is hurt, as they’re both scheduled to play against the Lakers on Sunday night.
ABC’s pregame panel certainly wasn’t happy about the Cavs’ decision to rest their stars. Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy called it an “absolute joke” and a “prosecutable offense.”
And apparently, the league has taken note of it as well.
Props to the league for stepping in and threatening action. Sure, the main reason they’re upset is probably because the Cavs pulled this move just before a nationally-televised game, and ratings surely took a big hit when fans found out the big three wasn’t suiting up.
Cavs fans who showed up to Staples Center to watch their team play got shafted by this last-minute move, and the league needs to step in and set a precedent so it doesn’t happen again.
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