This problem becomes bigger and bigger each season. The league is making millions on their TV deal and millions on ticket sales, so fans and executives are tired of the “rest” excuse. People are fair and can understand a legitimate injury to a player or even resting one towards the end of the season, but too many teams are sitting players throughout the year. The NBA wouldn’t be the powerhouse it is today without the fans and they should show the fan base more respect, especially the younger fans that hope to see their favorite players actually PLAY.
2) Non-Competitive Teams:
The league outside of a few teams is rather shallow--particularly in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are the extreme favorites to come out of the conference with the Boston Celtics holding a little resistance. The Western Conference isn’t much different with the Spurs and Warriors being the only two teams likely to make it to the Finals. The league is filled with super-teams that are loaded with all-star talent on the same roster.
1) Playoff Format:
The playoffs don’t quite have the unpredictability that they once had. So the playoffs are no where near as competitive as they once were. The league could switch back to the five-game format in the first round to at least give lower seeds a punchers chance at an upset. The NBA need upsets, experts and fans need to be surprised--it helps the league.