Again, it doesn't really matter what we think is good or bad as far as what power the NBA has as a league. The league has given itself certain powers that affect competition. Stern's job is to enforce those rules. If he was out of line with his comments, the owners will take care of it.
This thread is the most I have read about the NBA in the last 3 years combined. What it has lead me to believe is that David Stern is who I thought he was. If he and the owners want the league to be purely entertainment for entertainment purposes change the name to The National Basketball Entertainment Association have the player throw buckets of popcorn on fans, get rid of defense in general and allow all of teams in the major markets to poach the small market marquee players. When this happens David Stern is right in his stand. Until then he should take his enormous ego, shine it up REEEEEEAAAAAALLLLLLLL NICE, TURN IT SIDEWAYS AND STICK IT STRAIGHT UP HIS CANDY ***!
lol. the joke continues
NBA fines San Antonio Spurs $250,000 for sitting players - ESPN
I hope teams are ready for more fines, come this spring, as they rest players in preparation for the playoffs.
Last time I checked Pop. works for the Spurs not the NBA his job is to do what's best for his team, not to mention the quality minutes reserves got against a good team will help the Spurs down the road.
Pop is one of the best coaches in the league. Travesty his decision about how to run his team are being met with opposition from the top.
Will stern start questioning the validity of injuries and how long guys are out in the future?
I bet the Spurs fight this. Name a rule or bi-law that was broken by resting players? If they had been playing the Wizards and not the Heat would anyone have even cared? Blame the NBA scheduling if you want to blame anything, playing 4 games in 5 nights and the defending champs got 4 days off prior to that game and you are blaming the team with the aging roster for wanting to keep their best players healthy over long season?
I know its hard to compare but what about when MLB teams give their stars a day off? 162 games to 82 I understand is hard to compare but how many times have you gone to a MLB game and find out when they post the lineups that your favorite player is getting a day off? MLB doesn't fine teams for resting players, the NBA physically IMO is a more grueling season than baseball even playing 1/2 as many games so I don't see the harm in this. Hell the Spurs nearly won the game on top of it so I don't think the fans got ripped off as far as seeing a good game considering it went down to the last minute of the game to decide the outcome.
Who knows, maybe with the 4 that were absent they would have won because they are star players with a better skill set- OR- they would have gotten blown out because they have a 36 and 35 year olds out there with tired legs going through the motions..... I would bet on them getting blown out....
Stern is a joke. Trying to affect the lineups of teams...starting to think there is actually a fix.
especially the 3:50 mark where Kobe elbows Bibby right in the face with the clear view by the refs.
I haven't read any of the thread, and Popovich has every right to do what he wants with his team, but if he wants to rest players I don't see why he needs to rest all four of them on the same night. It seems like he was basically conceding the game (even though it did end up close).
One thing I haven't heard mentioned yet is the league trying to protect the 82 game schedule. If the Spurs do this regularly say 5 - 7 games this year and it is successful I can see it being copied. While not an issue now it could become an issue in the future.
Right now I think Pop was trying to get rest for veterans, and send a message that the scheduling could be a little better. Will be interesting to see how big a deal this becomes.
For years no one has cared about the regular season, just get to the playoffs. Personally the league is to big, should be no bigger than 24 teams, and they play to many games.
Hopefully this will 'spur' some action to finally overthrow Emperor Stern.
A quarter of a million dollar fine for a championship coach's coaching decision...that was PRAISED a year ago by a league official.