Originally Posted by Left Hand
Bottom line: If it wasn't a nationally televised game, nobody would be talking about it. This has to do with one thing - revenue. I wouldn't be surprised if the network complained about it to Stern after feeling pressure from it's advertisers.
Sure, I'd be upset if I traveled from SA to MIA to see the Spurs (I wonder how many people that was) but I'd also realize, if I knew anything about basketball, that the Spurs have a great bench and Popovich could coach them to a win. I'd then also realize that I'm in fucking Miami...who cares who they play?
Except not everyone who goes to the games are NBA fans that analyze and criticize the game like most of use do here, they do not see what NBA enthusiasts see. Point is simple, people paid to see the Spurs and their stars, whether that is to be beaten by Miami or not, they still paid.
If you're a Lakers fan that lived in Miami and they go to Miami and you go to the game and the Lakers sit Pau, Dwight and Kobe and they lose by 50 points, you wouldn't be pissed? The average guy who spent their $$$ to see those stars play that can only see them play once a year shouldn't be mad? Again if it were an injury, fine. If he sat Duncan and played the others, then good. But to sit the core of the team, the most known players by the average fans can be very disappointing, NBA enthusiast or not.
Again, keep in mind these guys plays each other once in their respective arenas so if you're a fan of a players, that is your only chance to see them play. And who knows, this might be Duncans last season? Hell Ginobili can be one injury away from retirement too.