Originally Posted by improbus
A couple of interesting things on that front. First, imagine the potential gambling ramifications if you saw those three guys flying commercial back to San Antonio before it was announced that they wouldn't play. Second, I love what it does for the morale of the bench guys. Imagine being Gary Neal or Splitter, or even better, one of the guys who almost never plays (De Colo, Cory Joseph, and James Anderson played a combined 69 minutes).
I love the move, but I didn't buy tickets to the game. I might feel differently if I spent the outrageous amount of money needed to go to a Heat game.
Therein lies the rub. Multimillion dollar paychecks require "main event" ticket prices every night just to pay the bills, so the theater goer feels cheated if they get the under study when the star's throat is sore. Plus, the expanded number of teams in the league only allows for one visit to some cities.
While I don't think either side was correct in the handling of this situation, both sides have valid points. However, this is an "integrity of the league" ethical dilemma. To me, it is most like intentionally throwing a game and the biggest issue is the fans who bought tickets for a "big game."
Where it really gets unfair is if the Heat have "premium" games, and this was included. If that was the case, I'd be issuing refunds and sending the bill to the Spurs.