The Miami Heat secured home court advantage throughout the playoffs last night, beating the Washington Wizards 103-98 in Washington and setting a franchise record for three-pointers in the process.
Fairly mundane news item, right?
Well ... apparently not. Apparently it was also a Great Big Deal, because Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James all sat it out.
Much uproar over this ensued, mainly from people who think tickets to NBA games come too dear (they do) and, because of that, Wade, Bosh and Bron-Bron had an obligation to play.
Sorry, but no. Their first obligation, and head coach Erik Spoelstra's first obligation, is to their team. And because it's a team whose ultimate goal is to repeat as NBA champions, if Spoelstra wants to rest his stars down the stretch in a meaningless end-of-season game, he should by all means do so.
And as for the fans who felt cheated?
Well, I kind of feel about this the way I do about NFL preseason games: Let the buyer beware. Just as there's a reasonable expectation you're not going to see much of your team's stars in the former, there should be a reasonable expectation that if you pay to see a playoff-bound NBA team in the last few weeks of the regular season, chances are you're gonna get a good view of LeBron or D-Wade sitting on the bench. So you should budget accordingly.
End of sermon.