A lot of people were looking forward to watching Spurs/Heat tonight on national television. The defending champions against some of the older, more seasoned former champions in Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker. Gregg Popovich had other plans, however, as the Spurs announced that their big three, in addition to Danny Green, were sent home to get ready for the team’s next game.
This isn’t a surprising move from Popovich. He knows he has a veteran team, and he likes to rest his stars when he gets a chance, so that they can be fresh when the games really matter later in the season and into the playoffs.
David Stern is not happy about it, one bit.
Via USA Today:
Stern released a statement, shown on TNT’s pregame show.
“I apologize to all NBA fans,” he said. “This was an unacceptable decision by the San Antonio Spurs and substantial sanctions will be forthcoming.”
This certainly doesn’t look good for the Spurs.
But honestly, what did they really do wrong? Is it illegal to rest your guys early in the season? It’s not as if the Spurs are tanking, which several teams have done over the past few seasons. As head coach, Popvich has the right to play whoever he wants on his roster at his discretion.
You have to feel like if this game wasn’t on national television against the Heat, nothing would be said by Stern.
-Mark Evans, Assistant Manager/Editor of Content
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