~O~, on 01 December 2012 - 02:21 PM, said:
What fans need to learn about themselves is that they shouldn't support specific players but support their team as a whole.
Sorry but that just isn't going to happen. It's one thing to support a team if they're your home team and you're rooting for them to win the playoffs, but when it comes to fans buying tickets to individual games, you're paying for that specific game because you went to see a specific player on the opponent team, not the opponent team itself.
However, I think, as Popovich said, its between the team owner and the coach (and the players) to decide who plays. Not the NBA. At the end of the season right before playoffs coaches sit players to rest, so what's the difference now? The $250, 000 fine was ridiculous, and even if it was justified it was much too excessive.
I also think this brings up a point that the NBA schedule is too poorly organized and for the next season needs to be corrected and games need to be properly spaced out for all teams.
Oh and also I disagree with the big Spurs players playing for a few minutes or even going to Miami it all, travelling in itself (even if it's just from Orlando to Miami) is very fatiguing and would be a waste of time they could be using to rejuvenate.