David Stern To Punish Spurs For Not Playing Big Three In a 105-100 Loss
David Stern promises substantial sanctions against the Spurs for not playing Duncan, Ginobili, & Parker.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: David Stern is a dictator that needs to be put in his place. Oh, and the Spurs almost won.
The buzz around the Spurs vs Miami game was already at a fever pitch before the opening tip. This was mostly due to NBA commissioner and resident dictator David Stern who wasn't happy with the Spurs' decision to sit their three veteran players in order to let them rest. Stern stated, "This was an unacceptable decision by the San Antonio Spurs and substantial sanctions will be forthcoming."
Um, since when did the commissioner of a league get to decide when players are tired and need rest? Is Stern going to start deciding starting lineup too? Maybe Stern should simply eliminate coaches, so he can both save money and determine who plays. This statement by Stern is more than unprofessional, it is offensive. David Stern has had more than his fair share of missteps in the past and this one only drives home the point more clearly that he needs to step down before he is deposed. Stern's time in the NBA has past.
Popovich responded to Stern's statements by saying, "It's the best thing for our team. Everybody has to make decisions about their schedule. We've done this before in hopes we're making a wiser decision and not a macho decision. Perhaps it'll give us an opportunity to stay on the floor with Memphis on Saturday night."
Oh, and by the way, the Spurs almost won the game without Duncan, Ginobili, or Parker in the lineup. The Miami Heat won 105-100 on due to a three pointer by the Heat with under a minute left to play. So much for this not being a great game Stern. I would have really loved to see the Spurs get fined if they had won the game. That would have driven home the true absurdity of this whole situation.
LeBron James even appeared to side with the Spurs when questioned as to whether Stern should have the right to fine teams over starting lineups. "I don't think Pop was in the wrong, it's not in the rules to tell you you can't send your guys home," said LeBron James, who had 23 points in the Heat's fifth straight win. " The commish made his decision and everybody else will deal with it."