Could someone please tell me why David stern is going to put sanctions on the spurs for resting their key players? It makes no sense this was a very smart move by coach pop but he's getting penalized for his coaching strategy, wtf??? If stern cares so much about the spurs playing at full strength then why is this the spurs fourth game in 5 nights( they also have a game tomorrow), yet the heat have had 4 days off??? This was way out of line by the soon to be former commissioner
It's about money. Stern makes money off of stars not reserves.
That doesn't justify his reasoning, what pop did was a smart coaching move to rest his main players so they could be fresh tomorrow night. If Stern didn't like his coaching decision I would be more than happy to see him court side if he thinks he knows what best for the spurs
Wasn't trying to justify his reasoning, just letting you know why he's mad
Even stars get tired after a few games back to back, starring at that. Is he gonna stop tanking next? Infact why would you schedule a marquee matchup like that with one team at a cleat advantage, thats bad marketing
Stern is pissed because he found something he couldn't rig: the Spurs lineup.
Ummm??? You're gonna pass down fines for a coach resting his old players?
This is not the first time POP has done this. He did it multiple times last season and will do it again this season. Idiotic to fine him now.
i was thinking the same thing.... who really cares about what pop did today.... he did it last yr and the yr before i believe.... stern looks so greedy in all of this
every team does this, at the end of the season crappy teams play young players to tank, teams secured in their seed rest players. Some teams rest players who are a little hurt at the end of the season so those players will be ready for the play offs. Maybe tim duncans ankle is sore, and manu's back hurts after the road trip. (this is just an example, I dont know if either of them are hurt)
There is no way stern can justify a suspension because injuries are subjective.
Pop does this all the time. Stern is just mad that it was a marquee national TV game.
In other words...ain't nothin more important than the mula!
Three simple reasons.
1. Heat vs Spurs is supposed to be a big money-maker. Turns the other way when Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker aren't playing.
2. Pick The Win results may be somewhat skewed as some predictions didn't work out for some people.
3. Stern obviously keeps an eye on the Vegas/Atlantic City odds and probably puts some of his own money in there. When the Spurs bench their core and Stern bet a couple of g's on them, he loses money and throws a childish fit and makes up a childish rule.
Also, isn't Stern and this new CBA supposed to help small-market teams? Isn't that what the lock-out was about?
Instead, he broke a young Oklahoma City Thunder team and now he's fining, perhaps the greatest small-market of all-time, for using strategic moves.
What's next? Dissolve the Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies for "basketball reasons".
This was a worse call by Stern then Dan Gilberts infamous letter to season ticket holders after Lebron left. Stern is stepping into hot water with this and instead of a sanction he could get hit with a lawsuit from the Spurs. Tho normally I would of been rooting for the Heat I was dying to see the Spurs pull it out.
But let's not forget that Stern is a marketing genius and I doubt anybody would still be talking about this game had Stern not made them comments.
the Spurs almost pulled it out and it just shows how great Pop truly is
I think this was Pop kind of clowin the rest of the league actually. He can bench his big three, have no K. Leonard, and yet still almost win the game on the road. That's how good this organization and coach is. Stern is going to look even more foolish if he fines Pop after the results of this game.
The money arguments are great because all the tickets are sold and at the very least all the prices set for them, well in advance of when this announcement was made. And TNT has already paid for its right to air the game. So there is no immediate loss of revenue. And then there was a competitive game which I suspect a lot of folks stuck with to see if Spurs could pull it out. I imagine TNT got about the rating it would have hoped for. So no harm no foul.
@TOL23 says Pick the Win Results between the Spurs-Heat should have an Asterisk......LMAO
I know this is purely a business decision, maybe even a move to prevent other coaches to make the same Pop did, but as far I know this league rewards champions, and Pop made a decision toward that goal. Last season he rested Duncan for several games because he was too old (this was even written in the boxscore). Coaches are paid to win championships, they don't care about winning marquee games to please the old David. As I read upwards if he wanted to have the best players in the game, he should have prevented the Spurs to play 4 games in 5 days. I remember Mike Brown doing the same thing when the Cavs assured the best record in the league. The Cavs weren't fined, so why should the Spurs be fined now? They rested their best players and played with the entire bench.
I think that the most important thing of the story, maybe even the funniest is that the Heat barely won this game with all their potential. Hands down to one of the best coachs in all NBA's History Greg Popovich!
I Can see what Stern is saying in a way..For a coach to not play his 3 best players and none of them are injured...And on a day when almost everything is focused on that game........Those games on TNT are sometimes the only games scheduled for that day..
So you are cheating 1 of the NBA's biggest supporters out of a quality product.....Pop could've allowed 1 or 2 of his top players to play,or just said the guys were feeling ill..Teams do it all the time..But Pop totally pissed on the Commish and the NBA...Stern is doing his job,by stepping up and saying this will and can not be tolerated.....
This is all Stern's fault. He knew this was a marquee matchup, why would he schedule an old team like the Spurs 4 games in 5 days? He had to of known that Pop had done this same thing in the past. I just don't see how you can sanction a team when you brought in on yourself. I think a coach knows what's best for his team more than the commish.
To put it blunty it's because he is an idiot. He only wants to make money and knows nothing about basketball. Man he &$#%#&@! me off
I think Stern was foolish to publicly threaten Pop. But I would agree with giving Popovich a warning behind closed doors.
It's perfectly logical for Pop to rest his starters. However, he didn't HAVE to choose the Heat. He could have picked Orlando.
It's VERY bad for the league image that Pop rested his starters in this game.
1) Nationally televised game. Ratings are important.
2) This was a game against the Heat. Which means it had an even greater spotlight on it. Miami fans who circled this one on their calendars and paid premiums for tickets got screwed.
Obviously these are the real issues. Stern couldn't care less if Pop rested his starters for the previous game against Orlando.
So I agree with Stern that he should prevent coaches from resting starters in this situation.
But it was STUPID to threaten Pop. Pop probably picked this game for purpose... partially "because he can". I bet it was a very mild FU to the league. I'm pretty sure Pop enjoyed this reaction from Stern. And I also think Pop was playing some mind games with the Heat. He's holding his cards close to him until the potential Finals matchup.
Heat were on 4 days rest, spurs were in the last game of 4 road games in 5 days. It would have been stupid for popavich to play them and risk his players being more sore (they manu and duncan are old, so they are probably a little hurt). Then they play a key western conference game after, so he needs his guys ready for it
The NBA schedules the Spurs with four road games in five nights and he expects to be the GM of the team be setting starting line-ups. What does he expect from a team full of veterans? Pop did the right thing by resting them for the tv game and I would fight any kind of fine or penalty that he wants to hand down. This would never be as big an issue in any other major sport.
Stern probably got some angry calls from Vegas since the betting line was affected.
I understand both sides. Pop is trying to rest his players and I feel he has the right to do so. Meanwhile, Stern is unhappy because multiple stars are not on the floor which the fans came to see. For me as a fan and if I bought those tickets I would of been pissed off. But you know there are other ways to rest players. For example Kobe, He takes a lot of time off skipping practice to rest because you know he doesn't like missing games. I think Pop should do the same let his players skip practice or dress them up and let them play for 10-20 minutes. I'm sorry, but this is the NBA they are paying athletic staff to do their job and i'm sure they have all these advanced equipments for recovery. No sides is wrong different point of view for each side.
Do you think if Pop is coaching the Lakers and tells Kobe to sit out do y'all think he will? I always wondered about that.
It's ridiculous. Pop should just say they are suffering from fatigue and flu-like symptoms.
What can Stern even do? Pretty sure he has absolutely no control over what a coach does with his players.
No Duncan, Ginobli or Parker meant less people likely watching the game which meant less TV revenue from the game, greed on Stern's part.
Coach Pops is also playing smart by resting his starters so that they can play the Memphis Grizzlies with enough rest...which is more important that playing the Heat because of later conference and division standings in the West.
It's pretty much resting to play for a potential #1 seed in West or a meaningless road game against a team that you may or may not see in until June.
Again smart move by Coach and the organization. David Stern, not so much. Just solidifying his greed.
Stern is a bitter old fart
All the Danny Green fans that bought a ticket to see him play in Miami were pissed off.