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shaw-xx
10-23-2006, 10:16 PM
Tim Duncan did not have to play or even watch at home. Will the real season ever start?

October 22, 2006

Nice of the Spurs to send the junior varsity to Houston. Of course, the Rockets cannot complain too much since they were down by as much as 10 to the B team before it turned out that when playing the backups' backups, the Spurs depth became a bit suspect.

Teams have to do what they think is best for their needs. Given the Spurs expect to play 100 games every year, one can understand Gregg Popovich choosing to let Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Bruce Bowen kick back in San Antonio. But every time coaches do this and last week, Dallas' Avery Johnson held out Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jerry Stackhouse, Devin Harris and Erick Dampier with assorted bumps, bruises and lack of interest they demonstrate how inappropriate it can be to charge regular-season prices for a preseason product.

Tickets to see NBA Development League games don't cost nearly as much as NBA games. It should not cost NBA prices to see NBA Development players, even if they are wearing NBA uniforms.

The Rockets, coming off an injury-shortened season, have been playing their regulars. Sure starters Shane Battier, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming and Rafer Alston all played at least 30 minutes. But Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said he has faced the tough choice of resting star attractions before the home fans, unsuspecting road fans or neutral site fans where the NBA is trying to spread the word and there won't be another chance to see a McGrady or a Yao.

The solution might be to cut the preseason prices in half, draw fans that might not otherwise attend games and maybe win a few new customers.

http://blogs.chron.com/nba/2006/10/tim_duncan_did_not_have_to_pla.html

What JVG said is classy but what's the major reason why he has played his starters in preseason? For fans? I don't think so. He has to play Yao & TMac who missed many games last year (how many games did Dirk play last year?!) and Battier who came to the team this offseason as a starter. He has to find out which positions TMac and Battier belong to. If Wells can play, he'd like to push him on the floor, too.

Well, the article makes me sick. Don't they have anything better to write? Well it's blog and speaking for fans isn't bad if it is but I feel like they're eating sour grapes.