There's a lot of debate going on right now about Coach Gregg Popovich's choice to send his starters home when the San Antonio Spurs played in Miami.
NBA Commissioner David Stern consequently fined him $250,000 for his move. Pop said his his choice had nothing to do with the fact that they were playing the Heat, but just that they were at the end of a long road trip, and he wanted his starters to rest.
The Spurs lost, but it was still a close game, as Pop usually develops a pretty deep bench. But the debate now is if teams should be allowed to rest starters just to do it.
Some feel it is, because the end goal is a championship and doing everything to get it. Others feel that it robs viewers and live audience of the opportunity to see the stars play, despite buying tickets.
Lakers fans will never have to worry about this happening. At least some stars will always put on a show.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN appeared on ESPN LA 710 today and said that during a preseason game played in Ontario, Mike Brown was forced to play his starters. Howard was injured, and Brown planned to sit Kobe and Nash, but the organization told him to play at least one. So Nash played for a quarter and a half.
While a championship is always the goal, the Lakers definitely understand the importance of entertainment and the fans. For those that don't know Southern California geography very well, Ontario is about an hour from Los Angeles with no traffic, but since there's nearly always traffic, it can take around three hours to get to a Lakers game on a week day.
That's why it was important that the fans at the Honda Center get to see the Lakers play while they had the chance, since there are only so many home weekend games.
Whether you think it's right or wrong, it's nice to know that when you go to Staples, the stars will be in the audience and on the floor.