Tonight, LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving are all taking off the second night of a back-to-back against Memphis. The Cavs just beat the Grizzlies 103-86 last night in Cleveland, and play tonight in Memphis. The Cavs next game is at home against the Lakers, so the trio can rest comfortably at home instead of making the one-game road trip.
The trio of superstars all taking a night off is unique, and almost never occurs, but there’s always a media uproar whenever James takes a healthy scratch. The criticism reverts to the argument that NBA players have an obligation to show up to work if they can play, and perform like employees. What about the children?
Today in The Herd, Colin said the argument that James has an obligation to play for the fans is ridiculous, and he should sit out if he feels like it.
He argues that LeBron’s primary responsibility is to his team and his home fans. He shouldn’t feel bad about skipping out on a road game in Memphis in December, if it furthers the Cavs’ interest of winning another title. Gregg Popovich sits players all the time and he doesn’t catch grief for it, at least not to the level of James.
“One of the populist views in America, is ‘LeBron took a day off. Bad LeBron! Bad! He’s got to show up every day with a shovel. He owes the public every game.’
He carries the league, if he wants four regular season days off, he gets ‘em.”
Colin pointed out that basketball players and school teachers both get summers off, and a school teacher can take a day off during the year without catching holy hell. The idea that LeBron should feel guilty about short changing the youth of Memphis is far-fetched. Sorry, no refunds.
“I’m gonna take care of my fans. If I’m LeBron, I take care of Cleveland. Cleveland’s taken care of me, I’m taking care of Cleveland.”
Colin added, “If you go to watch Hamilton, and the 3rd actor’s not there, so what? You don’t get your money back.”