NBA fans know the story. David Stern, commissioner of the NBA, was outraged that Greg Papovich decided to bench his aging stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili in a big game against the Miami Heat. As a result, the NBA has fined the Spurs $250,000 for his actions.
But wait, didn't the Spurs still lead for most of the game? In fact, wasn't the final score a close 105-100? Stern may have a point that this did decrease the starpower/entertainment value of the NBA. But even if it did, it's only one game, and it was a close game at that! If anything, the Heat should be worried that they almost LOST with those three stars not out on the court.
Although the NBA is a popular league in the USA, it's moves like this that make people resent it more than football, hockey, or even baseball. It's all about starpower in the NBA, but is that always the best way to entertain?
Look at college basketball. Sure, there are stars there too, but it's obvious that "team" is focused on a little more. And the atmosphere on these college courts is pretty intense. Once March Madness rolls around, college basketball jumps into the spotlight of the sports world.
So yes, the Spurs probably didn't give the fans the best show out there. But wait, was the game uncompetitive because of that? No. So Stern can quit deciding how others manage their teams and focus on his job, which should probably re-amping the playoff system so reaching the postseason requires more effort than being in the top HALF of the league.
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