Cross country travel and back-to-back games are pointed to as primary reasons for NBA players missing games due to rest.
Of course, the fans are the ones who really lose out when this happens, as their tickets still cost the same amount whether the stars are playing or not.
Here’s a look at NBA Commissioner Adam Silver‘s strongly worded memo to all 30 teams:
“Decisions of this kind … can affect fans and business partners, impact our reputation and damage the perception of our game,” Silver wrote in the memo, which was obtained by The Associated Press. “With so much at stake, it is simply not acceptable for governors to be uninvolved or to defer decision-making authority on these matters to others in their organizations.
Please also be reminded that under current league rules teams are required to provide notice to the league office, their opponent and the media immediately upon a determination that a player will not participate in a game due to rest,” Silver wrote. “Failure to abide by these rules will result in significant penalties.”
The league’s lucrative TV deal is the primary reason behind Silver’s memo, but this epidemic started with San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich a few years back.
One way or another, it seems like teams will find ways to keep their stars rested for June when the games actually matter.