CLEVELAND, Ohio — When Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue announced following Tuesday’s game against Memphis that the Cavs Big 3 of LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving would sit out Wednesday’s second game of the home-and-home series with the Grizzlies, fans everywhere (mostly outside Ohio) reacted about as calmly as you would expect.
What message does Cleveland Cavs and other NBA teams send when players don’t even travel to rest? #soft #pathetic #bringbacktheolddayplayer
— Mike Hayden (@MikeHayden92) December 14, 2016
Front office OK with resting LeBron, Love and Kyrie
The move is not without precedent. San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich infamously rested his aging star players several times during the last few seasons, drawing similar ire and in some cases league fines.
If the Cavs rest their big three and don’t get the same fine the Spurs got for resting theirs, the @NBA is a big joke.
— Dan Hayden (@WTPCoachDan) December 14, 2016
Is Tyronn Lue justified in sitting the Big 3 in Memphis?
James, Lue and the Cavaliers appear indifferent to the outcries from Memphis fans who purchased tickets for the game expecting to see Cleveland’s All-Star trio on the court.
Cavs big 3 all out tonight (Rest) I feel bad for those who wasted big money on tickets for that game. #ripoff NBA cares? Not about the fans.
— Tyson Whiting (@TysonKFAN) December 14, 2016
To rest LeBron is one thing. But Love and Kyrie too? Those Memphis fans should be refunded by Cavs
— Nate Kiehle (@nate_kiehle) December 14, 2016
But the bigger pictures is what appears to be in play here for Lue and the Cavaliers.
Cavs should rest LeBron, Kyrie, and Love on XMas against the Warriors just to see Twitter melt to the ground.
— Scoops Maroun (@ejmaroun) December 14, 2016
So here’s the question we are asking fans: What is the most valid and sound reason for resting three superstar players all at once?
Vote in the poll and then back up your vote in the comment section below.