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Gregg Popovich sent his best players home, deciding they reached the end of the road before the trip was over.
San Antonio's game notes still listed Tim Duncan and Tony Parker as probable starters, when it was already definite they'd be long gone before the Spurs tipped off in Miami.
But to what extent?
Many were still wrestling with that one Friday, along with what obligation - if any - a coach has to the paying customer.
NBA Commissioner David Stern had no doubt, apologizing to fans Thursday night for the Spurs' ''unacceptable decision'' and promising ''substantial sanctions'' in a statement. But there were no further comments from the league, which offered no timetable for the penalties and refused to answer why Stern suddenly wanted to police something he wouldn't touch just two years ago.
The issue of resting healthy players has been debated before, though usually at the end of the season, not a month...
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MIAMI Had the Miami Heat lost Thursday, perhaps David Stern would have fined them.
Or maybe somebody else would have.
Itd have been embarrassing, Heat center Chris Bosh said of possibly falling to Spurs Lite. The coaches probably would have fined us.
In a very bizarre night in the NBA, the Heat prevented it from becoming even more odd by defeating undermanned San Antonio 105...
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The San Antonio Spurs receiving the “substantial sanctions” statement
from David Stern last night seems puzzling. With just over a year
until retirement, Stern continues to lay down the law by making slightly
questionable decisions which keep adding up. The Spurs resting Tim Duncan, Tony
Parker, Manu Ginobli, and Danny Green against Miami rattled...
So originally, the bigger story here was the fact that the defending “champion” Miami Heat barely pulled out a win against the Washington Generals…I mean, the San Antonio bench.
But then enters David Stern.
See, Gregg Popovich is a hall of fame coach, one of the greatest ever. And he knows that, and acts accordingly. Generally never answering to anybody...
Everyone, including the Commissioner of the NBA David Stern, seems to be getting bent out of shape about the idea of San Antonio Spurs head coach looking out for his team come June...
Except here at the HQ...
We were listening to the very sly, sports talk radio network late last night when their overnight host was throwing "bricks" at the Spurs...
Mark Cuban has never been one to see eye-to-eye with NBA commissioner David Stern.
But when it comes to the biggest rival the Dallas Mavericks, it's safe to assume Cuban follows the old saying of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend."
Before Saturday's game against the Detroit Piston, Cuban let it be known that he agrees with the 250,000 fine Stern leveled the...
Gregg Popovich was disappointed in the NBA's $250,000 fine and did not rule out a potential appeal.
NBA Commissioner David Stern says the San Antonio Spurs will be hit with ''substantial sanctions'' for their decision to send four regulars home before their game in Miami on Thursday night.
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green were sent home by San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, who cited a desire to get them rest at the end of a long road trip...
TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley conducted a quick sideline interview with San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich before the start of the second quarter of Thursday night's NBA game against the Miami Heat.
Apparently Barkley was unaware that he was only allowed to ask two questions, so when Barkley attempted to ask a third question, Popovich had to politely inform...
Brandon Tierney on the Spurs resting: "Greg Popovich is paid well to position his Spurs for a title run, and keeping (mostly) old wheels fresh is part of that equation. Conversely, David Stern is...
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Sir Charles Barkley asked one to many questions to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich last night and Big Poppa cut him off. Charles is only suppose to have 2 questions per interview, and he went for three and Pop had no time for him. Check out the video below.
What a beast Pop is. He caught some flack before this game for not bringing Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker...
When San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich wasn't drawing the wrath of NBA Commissioner David Stern during last night's Spurs-Heat clash, Pop was being his usual self during the in-game interviews with TNT.
Except this time, he was being asked the questions by Charles Barkley which you knew meant instant comedy.
"The Chuckster" did time as the sideline reporter...
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...
Any somewhat dedicated fan of the NBA will know the league's toughest task isn't trying to stop LeBron James on a fast break, it isn't trying to guard Kevin Durant 1 on 1, it's the in-game Gregg Popovich interview. We've seen him shut down sideline reporters like Craig Sager and David Aldridge numerous times, but last night was a unique opportunity to see Charles...