Originally written December 01, 2012 on NESN.com:
BOSTON — If David Stern intended to send some sort of message with the $250,000 fine he assessed the San Antonio Spurs for resting their three top players on Thursday night, Celtics coach Doc Rivers does not seem to think much of it. Whatever Stern’s intent, Rivers said that the league’s punishment of the Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich will not affect how Rivers manages rest for his team. “I’m not going to give it a lot of thought, honestly,” Rivers said. “Listen, we’ll do it when we want to do it and we should be able to do it. It could be early in the season, end of the season. Now, what if we give a guy a night off because he has a family thing? It’s just so many things here. Hopefully, we all figure it out.” Stern’s gross overreach seemed fairly unpopular at the TD Garden on Friday. In addition to Rivers, Blazers coach Terry Stotts and Jeff Green basically agreed that coaches have the right to make pretty much whatever decisions they want. The Celtics played the Bobcats in Charl...
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