My stance is that the stars should be on the floor every night, playing the amount of minutes needed to provide the best competition. I'm looking at it from the business perspective, and I make no apologies for that. I really don't prefer the concept of "rest games", it was just a thought on how the NBA could accommodate its customers (the ones that provide the revenue). If rest is needed, the concept of off or reduced weeks would seem to be better.
The league makes rules, but the commissioner intercepts problems that are outside the rules. I suspect that Stern has a good sense of what the owners want on this and will try to nip it in the bud. He has to be careful about anything that taints the sense of competition and fairness, particularly when so much fan support is tied to betting.
Stern, or anyone besides those within the Spurs organization should have nothing to say about who/how much someone plays. Had this game not been televised and included the Miami Heat no one would be making such a big deal about this. Stern feels like he had egg on his face, so he's playing things up. How is this any different than a team resting guys after playoff spots have been clinched and they want to rest up for the playoffs? Why should it matter what games during the year a coach decides to sit a player? A game in December counts just as much as a game in April.
The owners don't want this, which is why the Spurs "significant sanctions" will turn out to be nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
Are you and NBA insider, or somehow connected with the NBA? How do you know what the owners do and don't want?
The league is composed of franchises. The league has all sorts of authority related to the product of those franchises, particularly to ensure fairness in competition and quality of entertainment. Therefore, the commissioner will act accordingly.
ensure fairness in competition and quality of entertainment.
[QUOTE=jbhtexas;3185184]Or, maybe, the owners generally don't want teams sitting star players during the early season marquee TV games when fan interest is typically lower than later in the season. Perhaps that's why Stern made the strong statements that he did?
Are you and NBA insider, or somehow connected with the NBA? How do you know what the owners do and don't want?[/QUOTE]
First off this is hilarious coming from you and considering some of your posts in this thread. Second, I know this because almost every NBA has "tanked" in some form (resting guys for playoffs, trying to get a high draft pick) at some point in the last few years. Hard to condone the behavior when your team is doing it as well.