NBA commissioner David Stern thinks he can tell coaches who they should play and who they shouldn't. At least that's the clear implication from his verbal smackdown of the San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
Popovich had the audacity to leave four of his starters, including Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, in San Antonio when the team played at Miami for its 6th game in 9 days, all on the road. Stern didn't like that, saying it was "unacceptable" and saying the Spurs would face "substantial sanctions".
Hold on King Stern. What you're saying is you should be able to tell coaches who they can and cannot play and when. I don't think so. I know some people have called you the so-called greatest commissioner in the history of sports (I think that can be debated...there was a guy named Rozelle in the NFL at one time) but they didn't say you were the king, unless of course, you already believe that.
Now, I think Popovich may have gone overboard...if you were trying to rest some of your players, as you claim, you could have spaced it out a bit. But that's not Stern's decision to make. It is neither an NFL rule nor should it be that you should always play your top players every game.
David Stern has announced his impending retirement. It's too bad he didn't make it ummediate and save himself the embarrassment of his recent proclamation.
Posted at 1:47pm on November 30, 2012 by Big Don Voltz
Sitting them all at once makes more sense. Get the game out of the way, take a beating if you must, but don't weaken your team for a string of games no matter who the opponent is.
Look at the schedule. San Antonio was playing its fourth game in five night and has a game tomorrow vs. the 11-2 Grizzlies. Miami had been off since Saturday. This was an easy call for Popovich.
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