Teams resting star NBA players has gotten completely out of control. They’ve quickly gone from being designated for meaningless games at the end of the season to games sprinkled throughout the season. Now, resting star NBA players has made it’s way into meaningful late season games with playoff implications.
Or maybe, Steve Kerr and the Warriors wanted the San Antonio Spurs to catch them in the Western Conference standings. Perhaps, the Dubs would rather not enjoy home court advantage against the Spurs. Perhaps, they’re OK with Dub Nation having one less opportunity to scream their lungs out at Oracle in case the Spurs are the opponent in the West Finals.
What other rationalization could there be for giving Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson a day of rest in San Antonio?
The way Golden State has played minus Kevin Durant, they probably wouldn’t have won anyway, but the Dubs didn’t even try. Now, the lead that they’ve enjoyed since early on in the season is gone. The Spurs and Warriors are now tied at the top of the standings with equal 52-14 records.
Bad as that is for Dub Nation, the disservice it does for the NBA and it’s fans is far worse. If the NBA won’t do anything about resting NBA star players, the fans certainly should. Boycotting such games seems like a good idea.
One person who agrees is Hall of Famer and NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley.
A guest on Tuesday mornings edition of the Boomer and Carton show on the CBS Sports Network, Barkley called for fans to turn off their TV’s or watch something else when NBA teams ‘rest’ their players in the same manner Golden State did Saturday night.
Chuck is easily labeled a hater of how today’s NBA stars have it so much easier than he and others did during his career. However, Chuck is absolutely right in saying fans should boycott.
If one person bothered to tune in to Saturday night’s embarrassment it was one too many. And, that should be the theme each time a team decides to ‘rest’ multiple stars of their roster. If they’re not gonna play, we’re not gonna watch. Maybe, TV’s being off and arenas being half full will make the NBA more diligent in doing something about it.
Think about it…. Just two days after the Michigan Wolverines basketball team had to suit up in their practice unis for the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament due to their plane sliding off the runway, the Dubs pull this? If those Wolverines found a way to not only play that one game, but to win the entire tournament, then surely Steph, Klay and Dray could have found a way to play Saturday night on national TV against the Spurs.
It’s not like the Michigan players are getting any compensation besides their scholarships. Those schollys are barely worth a fraction of what NBA star player salaries amount to anyway. By the way, guess who pays those salaries by attending the games and watching on TV?
Resting players is nothing new in the NBA. It’s understandable when it’s an aging or oft-injured player like Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, or Dwyane Wade. But, it’s gotten out of hand when younger players do it. Especially, when it’s a game that would draw many fans to watch on TV.
It would have been an entirely different story had this been a game vs the Lakers at Oracle. The Dubs had just played Boston and Minnesota prior to playing the Spurs. Why not rest them in one of those games? This was an important game. A game Steve Kerr may want back if there’s a Game 7 in San Antonio in a couple of months.
The NBA is still flourishing, and that likely won’t soon change. However, the NFL was flourishing in much the same way just a few years ago. Now, the NFL is watching it’s popularity dwindle away more and more each season. The NBA needs to be careful, or it could soon happen to them. With resting NBA star players involved in big time matchups like Warriors vs Spurs, it will happen to them.