Players who “rest” and aren’t stricken with an legitimate injury that prohibits them from walking should be made available before and after the game for autograph sessions for fans. NBA fans pay a pretty penny to see these guys play and if they skip a game for “rest” the fans should still get a chance to see/interact with them. Now interaction should be limited but the players should at least travel with the team.
2) Sit Stars on Different Nights:
For example, don’t sit both LeBron James AND Kyrie Irving on the SAME night--leave at least one all-star out there for the fans to enjoy. Now this isn’t something that can be controlled or planned for but this should be encouraged by the league as maybe an “unwritten” rule of sorts. Player health is important but fan service should be a top priority as well.
1) Shorten or Re-arrange Season:
The league is taking steps in the right direction on this front; they did extended the all-star break a couple seasons ago with success. Still, the league has too many teams playing too many games on a weekly basis. This is the underlying issue that is forcing coaches to “rest” all-star players. Player freshness and continued health only boosts the quality of NBA games, so maybe less can be actually be more.