Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 11/30/12
By now you know what happened before last night's Spurs-Heat clash... Spurs' Popovich sent the team's "Big 3" back to San Antonio plus Danny Green, Stern didn't like that, and vowed "substantial sanctions" coming towards the Spurs' way. That's it in a nutshell. So now the fallout begins. You can understand both sides. Stern knew it's was a national televised game, the Spurs only come to Miami once a year, and was worried the fans at last night's game were cheated out of seeing stars Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Moreover, Pop has been doing this many times in the past and this may have been the last straw for Stern which caused him to finally punish Popovich and the Spurs. However, Popovich is the head coach and knows his players best. If the four players involved were banged up and needed rest, then he will do it. Furthermore, the Spurs had been in the midst of a six road game jaunt in nine days and the grind was too much to risk on key players. In addition, the Spurs' "Big 3" are no spring chickens and Pop felt it was best for him to send them to San Antonio for some much needed rest. Plus, Pop knows games won or lost now do not matter come June. Continuing, Miami hadn't played a game since this past Saturday and Pop may have seen that as an unfair advantage for the Heat. But this wasn't some new thing Stern has done. He fined the Lakers in 1990 for the exact same thing when then head coach Pat Riley sat Magic Johnson and James Worthy. In the end, you can't blame Pop for sending his stars home. Any coach will gladly take whatever fine Stern hands them if it means having a healthy roster come playoffs. If anything, it gave Pop more respect from his roster, more respect among fans, and made Stern look like a "Grinch" during this holiday season. And as many said last night, where was this "fan concern" sentiment during the recent NBA lockout from Stern? Well seeing how this game between two of the best in the NBA and the lockout involved major dollars, of course Stern is going to be very concerned. It is just a question where his concerns really come lie. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Vin Scully will return to the Dodgers in 2016

Rob Gronkowski’s younger brother, Glenn, trying to make NFL as fullback

Michael Bennett fined over $17K for nasty hit on Alex Smith

Cam Cameron battling prostate cancer

RG3 to be held out 1-2 weeks after doctor changes mind

LA Kings offer Peter Budaj a professional tryout

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Carlos Boozer hoping roster spot opens on playoff team

Starting EJ Manuel not a bad idea for Bills’ third preseason game

Tim Beckman fired by Illinois amid mistreatment allegations

Chip Kelly reveals thought process behind Bradford trade

Charles Barkley on ex-agent: ‘I’d blow his damn brains out’

Bryce Harper doesn’t seem to care if Nationals make playoffs

NFL admits communication breakdown in Pats-Saints game

WATCH: TJ Yeldon gets crushed in brutal goal-line collision

The WWE Divas Revolution is getting ugly

The NFL’s season kickoff isn’t going as planned, but plans don’t matter in the NFL

Jonathan Kraft: Patriots haven’t apologized to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen

Ballmer declines $60M/yr TV deal, could start streaming

Nationals forced to re-issue massive bobblehead order

Jay Gruden would like the media to stop calling him fat

Spieth: New irons the reason for missed cut at Barclays?

Opening Drive: Where have all the great UM tailbacks gone?

The 1980s Lakers represent the NBA’s ultimate creation story

The Orioles’ frustrating season

Andy Reid perfect play: 'That’s like a good cheeseburger'

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The WWE Divas Revolution is getting ugly

The NFL’s season kickoff isn’t going as planned, but plans don’t matter in the NFL

The Opening Drive: What happened to all the great Michigan tailbacks?

The 1980s Lakers represent the NBA’s ultimate creation story

The Orioles’ frustrating season

Five greatest NBA players of all-time

Finding signs of life for the Red Sox

10 NFL players set for down seasons in 2015

Why NFL preseason games matter

August's winners and losers in sports

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker