Beyond the Key Episode of the week
By Jeremy Fitch
The simple answer to this is absolutely not. While it is possible that the stars will cut down on the amount of nationally covered games on ESPN, TNT etc. that they will sit out, what has and always will matter is are the stars healthy come the playoffs.
According to ESPN's Mike and Mike, some star players sat out the nationally televised games purposely in an attempt to send a message to the league.
I get the fans reaction when they pay for a ticket to see their favorite players and it being a disappointment when they do not suit up. For me I get where they are coming from and I sit in the middle when it comes from the fans perspective and the players perspective.
On one side of the conversation, it is very easy to say that the players of todays game have more technology, more recovery techniques, better nutrition, along with better accommodations for traveling on the road.
With that in mind though, the game isn't the same as it was, while the NBA was more "aggressive" if you want to say that, it is also a much faster game than it used to be.
In a media world where anyone can give their opinion it is easy to call out players from behind technology, but these players by resting, and I'm not saying it has to be during the valuable games on the schedule, but they are prolonging their careers.
From a fan perspective would you rather see your favorite player for a couple extra games during, if we are being honest a non inspiring 82 game NBA season or a couple extra seasons?
I'm taking a few extra seasons and this perspective for me has and will always be simple as I grew up a major fan of Dwyane Wade.
With that though, I have had the chance over the years to go to New York, Cleveland, Miami and how many times have I seen Wade play? The answer to that is once, in Cleveland before LeBron took his talents to South Beach and it wasn't even for a full four quarters because Wade received two technicals and was ejected.
So don't get me wrong fans, I know exactly where you are coming from, but take a minute and sit in an athletes shoes for a minute and tell me you wouldn't make the same decisions they have.