Originally written November 30, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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The NBA fined the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 on Friday for leaving four players home to rest before their game Thursday night in Miami against the Heat. Commissioner David Stern said in a statement that the Spurs cheated the league and the fans by not bringing Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Tony Parker along for the finale of their six-game road trip. "The result here is dictated by the totality of the facts in this case," Stern said. "The Spurs decided to make four of their top players unavailable for an early-season game that was the team's only regular-season visit to Miami. The team also did this without informing the Heat, the media, or the league office in a timely way." According to the statement, the Spurs violated a rule against resting players in a manner that is "contrary to the best interests of the NBA." League rules require teams to report when a player will not travel because of an injury as soon as they know. Th...
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