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Debate over resting LeBron nearing new levels of absurdity

Apr 14, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

LeBron James is the best player on the planet, and as such people really, really like seeing him play. Me too, as I delight in watching basketballing and basketbally things, especially when that basketballing is done by LeBron James.

That said, with championship-caliber teams there should be an implicit understanding between franchise and fan: if the regular season leaves nothing to play for, then “resting” (preventing them from getting injured) stars is not only logical, but responsible. It’s really a shame that you bought tickets weeks in advance, but that’s the known risk when you choose to go to the last game of the regular season.

Such risk is apparently unacceptable to some, and at least noteworthy according to the NBA’s Board of Governors. According to league spokesman Tim Frank (as reported by FanHouse’s Sam Amick), the Board will actually discuss the issue at the next meeting as if it were an issue of import. We’re sitting on things like revenue-sharing and CBA negotiations, and the Board of Governors is talking about whether or not LeBron James entertains Atlanta’s home crowd?

This really doesn’t have to be an issue of national security. It’s not a serious invalidation of our civil liberties, or even a disrespect to the consumer. It’s just a championship contender doing everything it can to make sure the ride through the postseason goes as smoothly as possible.

  1. Chris - Apr 14, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Ridiculous. Dude gets hurt and we’re talking about an entire playoff run without the league’s best player. Don’t even understand the issue here. Some people are idiots.

  2. BonChan - Apr 14, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Why is it ridiculous? The people paying to go to basketball games deserve a sincere effort from both teams to be competitive, otherwise their tickets should be partially refunded because they are not getting a quality product. The Cavs have raised ticket prices because they have Lebron James, and by association people will pay more to see the game. You shouldn’t be able to rip these people off by resting a guy and telling them the game they are going to is unimportant. That is unfair to the fans of the game, especially since they buy the tickets ahead of time.

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