It's reasonable to expect, as a fan, that you'll see the opposing teams best healthy players when you buy a ticket to a regular-season game. In the preseason, however, that isn't the case.
Teams are looking to set their lineups and rotations for the regular season and you can get a lot of different lineups with players you've never heard of.
That, apparently, was a surprise to Suns owner Robert Sarver, who took the microphone during a third-quarter timeout and apologized to fans for not getting what they paid to see on Thursday night.
"Hey, everybody, I want to thank you for coming out tonight," Sarver said. "This is not the game you paid your hard-earned money to watch. I apologize for it. And I want you to send me your tickets if you came tonight with a return envelope and I've got a gift for you on behalf of the Suns for showing up tonight. Thank you."
Who was missing?
Well, the Spurs didn't send Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili to the game. They also didn't send Gregg Popovich. And Tiago Splitter, Patty Mills and Kawhi Leonard all sat the game with injuries. Leonard has an eye infection and isn't expected to play the rest of the preseason.
It was enough to get Sarver upset and have reporters ask Popovich about his thoughts on the matter.
“The only thing that surprises me is that he didn’t say it in a chicken suit,” Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News
He went on to say "Most wise individuals would check facts before they made statements. Unless you're interested in putting on a show."
What's with the 'chicken suit?”
The chicken reference, apparently, was something that dates back to a 2005 regular-season game when Duncan and Ginobili sat out and Sarver was flapped his arms like a chicken to mock the Spurs from behind their bench.
The Suns won the game and Amar'e Stoudemire scored 44, according to CBSSports.com.
The Suns are actually putting their money where their mouth is on this one.
Fans who were at the game and had a ticket scanned are getting some of their money back.
“Fans who were in the lower bowl Thursday night will receive a $50 credit that can be applied to tickets for any game this season, merchandise or food at US Airways Center. Fans in the upper bowl will receive a $25 credit,” AZCentral wrote.
There were 13,552 tickets sold to the game, but many were unused.
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