that's like kobe, nash or gasol sitting out because their tired or old. GTFOH pop.
Shaq used to take games off all the time in Phoenix.
Anyway, I think it's different. People watch the Lakers because of hero-worship of Kobe Bryant. Nobody watches the Spurs for the stars. Nobody watches the Spurs at all, but when they do, it's not for the stars. The only Spurs player who is interesting to watch in his own right is Manu, and he usually takes half of every game off at least.