The NBA is constantly thinking about how to deliver the best product to its fans, which includes making sure its star players are on the court.
Sometimes, teams don’t feel the same. Some teams want to rest their stars when possible in order to make sure they don’t play too many minutes and get fatigued, thus preventing injuries.
The NBA doesn’t like this. Fans don’t pay tickets to see the best players in the world in street clothes. A few days ago, the Brooklyn Nets didn’t play by the rules and as a result the NBA has stepped in.
No less than eight missing players
The Nets played against the Indiana Pacers with no less than eight absentees, and coincidentally, they were the eight players who have played the most. Among them, stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, considered some of the best players in the world. Ben Simmons, Nic Claxton, Seth Curry, Royce O’Neale, Joe Harris and T.J. Warren were the others.
As a result the NBA has decided to punish them with a $25,000 fine for “failure to comply with league policies governing injury reporting.” Nets coach Jacque Vaughn tried to justify what happened.
“I think everything that’s been reported today has been documented,” said Vaughn. “And so we know that Seth [Curry] and Joe [Harris] had offseason ankle [surgeries], there’s no argument to that. Nic [Claxton] didn’t play last game because he had hamstring tightness, there’s no argument to that. Kevin’s leading the league in minutes, there’s no argument to that. Royce [O’Neale] had a personal reason, he’s missing the next game, there’s no argument to that.”
Nevertheless the Nets were able to take home a victory from their visit to Indiana, with the likes of Cameron Thomas, Patty Mills and Edmon Summer helping them to a 136-133 win.