Posted November 30, 2012

Spurs fined $250K for resting players

Ben Golliver, David Stern, Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs
Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich called his decision to give four key players the night off ‘pretty logical.’ (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

By Ben Golliver

The NBA announced Friday that the Spurs have been fined $250,000 after coach Gregg Popovich gave four key players the night off during Thursday’s nationally televised game against the Heat.

“The result here is dictated by the totality of the facts in this case,” commissioner David Stern said in a statement. “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. Under these circumstances, I have concluded that the Spurs did a disservice to the league and our fans.”

Popovich sent Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Danny Green back to San Antonio rather than play them against the defending champion Heat, even though none of the players was suffering from known injuries. Thursday’s game was the sixth and final game of a road trip and San Antonio had won the previous five games. It also was the Spurs’ fourth game in five nights and the second half of a back-to-back. Returning his stars to San Antonio gave them extra time to prepare for a Southwest Division game against the Grizzlies on Saturday. Even without their stars, the Spurs held a lead into the game’s final minute before losing to the Heat 105-100.

The NBA’s statement also said the Spurs did violate league rules in sending their players home.

“The Spurs’ actions were in violation of a league policy, reviewed with the NBA Board of Governors in April 2010, against resting players in a manner contrary to the best interests of the NBA,” the statement read.

The Associated Press reports that Stern’s statements following that April 2010 meeting indicated that the league had not adopted any policy restricting a coach’s ability to handle his team how he sees fit, but did hint that extreme situations could present the need for league intervention.

After that meeting, Stern said nothing had been established. Stern, commenting after that meeting about discussion of teams resting healthy players, said there was “no conclusion reached other than a number of teams thought it should be at the sole discretion of the team, the coach, the general manager and I think it’s fair to say I agree with that, unless that discretion is abused.”

The fine carried out Stern’s threat to punish Popovich, one he issued before Thursday’s game tipped off.

“I apologize to all NBA fans,” Stern said in that statement, which sparked all sorts of reaction over the last 24 hours. “This was an unacceptable decision by the San Antonio Spurs and substantial sanctions will be forthcoming.”

“We’ve done this before in hopes of making a wiser decision, rather than a popular decision,” Popovich told reporters before the game, according to the San Antonio Express-News. “It’s pretty logical.”

Popovich offered no response when told of Stern’s statement in a postgame interview following Miami’s victory. Spurs management also reportedly offered no comment on the statement.

The Spurs have employed a strategic resting strategy for a number of years. Prior to Friday’s decision, the league had not punished him. The most recent precedent for punishing a team for not playing its players apparently dates back to 1990, when the Lakers were fined $25,000 after they did not play their stars in their season finale. This is a relatively common practice once playoff seedings are locked up, and has gone unpunished recently. So too has “tanking,” the strategic coaching decision to play younger players instead of older players to develop them down the stretch and, of course, improve draft positioning.

Stern’s original threat, the fact that Popovich was punished and the size and scope of the punishment are all surprising. During the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season, NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver seemed to indicate that Popovich’s strategy was approved by the league.

“The strategic resting of particular players on particular nights is within the discretion of the teams,” Silver said in April, according to NBA.com. “And Gregg Popovich in particular is probably the last coach that I would second-guess.”

Stern, it seems, has no problem second-guessing anyone.

77 comments
KenJr
KenJr

Hey Coach Popovich, Next time, play them just the first minute of each quarter and let them sit the rest of the night.

48lowes
48lowes

allright totaly unfair that they were fined they got the power to sit them out no madder what. the only pepole who should be worred about this is spurs fans,owner and GMs nba just hast to rub there noses in it just because they were KEY players

eddie577
eddie577

David Stern just created a devasting precedent that will forever change the game. What is he going to do next? Fine a team for not playing their stars long enough in a game. Stern has to go. He has overstayed his welcome.

Giuseppe
Giuseppe

The point everyone is missing is that most teams when resting their players still have them show up for the game not send them home. It most likely would not of been a big deal if all those players were sitting on the bench for most of the game.

JCE
JCE

Seems like some people want to turn the NBA into Something like the WWF where competition is make believe.

Ronnie
Ronnie

Poor NBA players.  The have to play the entire 82 game schedule that they agreed to in their contracts that pay them more in one year than most of us make in our lifetimes.  I can't stop bawling like a baby because they were tired and did not want to go to work.

 

They are my inspiration.  I am going to walk into my manager's office on Monday and tell him that working 5 days in a row out of 7,10 to 12 hours a day is way too much and I need to have Wednesdays off in order to be able to work the entire year...

57chamorro
57chamorro

They should have been fined $500K  and the coach lose his  job. How many fans do you think paid hard earned money to watch the bench play?  If I paid to watch the scheduled game with that team, I would demand a refund.  Definitely not the product advertised.

drock
drock

Setting unrealistic expectations in any sport is what creates the "need" for performance enhancing drugs.

craig1
craig1

Perhaps when Stern lost his chin to neck fat, he also lost his common sense at the same time.

craig1
craig1

I officially hate the NBA from this point forward until that fing worm of a commissioner and generally arrogant midget resigns his post. How dare he fine a coach for coaching his team in any manner he wishes. Not to mention he had good reason, this undermining of coaching authority is the worst misstep in professional sports league history.

 

We have now admitted very publicly that the fix is in - the sport is really not a sport - just entertainment  with no integrity whatsoever. Great job at ruining your league Stern you fricking moron.

Shawn Collins
Shawn Collins

Who owns the team, the owner, or the NBA? The fan? Are contracts in the NBA so directive as to tell an owner and coach how to manage their team? I will never spend another dollar on pro basketball because of this sort of dictatorial activity. Done

sagasha
sagasha

Some  ramblin' reprinted questions...

 

What if every last NBA team sat their starters last night? Seriously. Is Pop the only one who can get away with it simply because he's Pop or because he explains it away as strategy and dealing with older players? He's essentially saying that the regular season is a joke when he does this. Maybe we should just play tournaments and get rid of the regular season games altogether. Wait a minute... that sounds awesome! Count me in!

 

Aren't you intentionally losing a game by not playing your starters? What kind of message does that send to the rest of the "team" who didn't get to go on vacation because they weren't talented or old enough?

 

What if you, the fan, pay to get to the park, pay to park, tip to park, pay for shuttle from parking, stand in line to present your ticket, grab some merch, finally find your seat and the announcer blares out tonight's lineup which doesn't include any starters only to find out later that they were given a fully paid vacation day because he didn't want to take the chance of getting them too tired by playing a game of basketball for which they are paid to do. You expended more energy getting to your seat than they would have by playing the entire game.

 

What if you're the 5th man of the starting five and Pop says, "You suck worse than they do so you stay here and earn your paycheck while they get a vacation day with full pay and no work so they don't feel too tired when we play again." I'll bet the rest of the fellas would have loved to have a paid day off and a free 1st class ride back to the airport of your choice all on the team's dime.

 

What about the gambling aspect of this? What if you were at the hotel or you were at the airport the night before and actually saw all four of them leave town together? Were they even at the the shoot around before the game?

 

What would you do if you had that info knowing they lost by 40 the last time they screwed the fans out of an NBA game?

 

I'm not a fan of this strategy. It sets a bad precedent for fans (does anyone here remember the fans?), it places the four individuals who were given the vacation time above the rest of the team and it opens too many lingering questions regarding competition in the regular season. As a fan of this superstar driven league, if I had paid to go see this game it would have been my last one for a long, long time irregardless of the final score.

MikeBush
MikeBush

Still would not make a difference I still won't watch the nba

fred7
fred7

NBA is a joke.  Seriously... is this the WWF??

JohnJones
JohnJones

Stern is a complete idiot.  Popovich rested his older players and he has forgotten more about basketball than Stern will ever know.

bjvande
bjvande

Stern is just playing a game here because it is the NBA that is at fault.   There is no reason to have the types of schedule that are in place, particularly when it is clear what days are nationally televised days.    If a team plays on a nationally televised day it should have the two days before that as off days.   That way, this issue will never come up.

Chris8
Chris8

Hey remember when Derrik Rose played when he didn't have to and tore up his knee?  Remember that? 

NBA
NBA

Wow, Stern needs to retire now! not later.

Gordon
Gordon

Effective immediately all NBA Coaches will be fired and David Stern will take over all coaching duties, as he obviously knows best how to coach. Once again, Stern has proven that he is unfit to oversee a high school girl's basketball team much less the NBA.  Go lie down by your dish, David!

DBLETAP
DBLETAP

No good deed goes unpunished.  Instead of listing "back spasms" or "flu" or "sprain" as reasons players don't play, Pop was/is being honest and still gets shafted.  I applaud Pop for being forthcoming about why they didn't play.  I see a lot of future medical conditions for older players on the roster in the upcoming seasons.

 

And you wonder why there aren't more honest folks out there....

bilmar318
bilmar318

Stern should know why Pops rested his players; the same reason that Stern's wife rests him - he can't perform every night.

MaryElaineCorrea
MaryElaineCorrea

Simple way to make everyone happy ,you can't rest players unless it is a home game.

Fans have 40 chances to see the team at home but fans that pay just to see the Spurs only get one chance.

It wasn't right to rest them when someone just worked 40 hours to be able to afford the ticket.

ElDidier
ElDidier

MAKE NO MISTAKE THIS IS ALL ABOUT TNT GETTING PI$$ED AT THE NBA FOR THE STARTERS NOT PLAYING.. NOTHING ELSE.

jryan_33
jryan_33

Stern is a hypocrite, once again trying to show how almighty and powerful he is as NBA commisioner. Popovich did what was best for his team; it's irrelevant when an 11th or 12th man is listed as a "coach's decision" yet it's a big deal because of the four players who Popovich chose to sit. Let the man coach his team

Tootie
Tootie

Once again, the evil David Stern has dissed the Spurs. I know it frosted his wheaties to have to hand the championship trophy to the Spurs 4 times. Funny that nothing is said when other teams do it or that nothing was said when the Spurs previously did it. OF course, there was no rule broken. I, for one among many, will be glad to see the autocratic, authoritarian, dictator leave. When Joey Crawford tossed Duncan, the league said nothing despite Crawford admitting he had it in for the Spurs. When the Spurs won those 4 championships, the evil one griped about the ratings.  As was the case in this event, the Spurs were playing well, having the lead into the last couple of minutes. So how was the league injured? The Heat fans don't go to games to see the opponent, they come to see the Heat and they almost got their butt kicked.

Parker1
Parker1

Usually retirements are meant to celebrate someones career, Sterns retirement is going to be a celebration to the end of an idiots reign instead.

mrqsjunkmail
mrqsjunkmail

Has any team ever been scheduled four road games in five days in a full length season? That seems pretty excessive. Especially when you've got guys 35+ on the roster.

Paul43
Paul43

Good job David Stern. You pay a lot of money to go see a potential great game only to have SA leave all their stars at home?! Guys it's only a basketball game. Really ,all the millions they make they can't play a couple of games a week? They knew they would loose the game against Miami,that's why they did this.Can't stand that team.

 

Go ask Bird,MJ,Magic what they would have done if their coach tells them to stay at home and rest!!

 

I normally don't care for Stern but this is a good decision.   

57chamorro
57chamorro

 @48lowes Have you ever heard the term; "Don't bite the hands that feed you?"  It's the NBA that allows them to play in the league and the fans that allow them to sustain revenues.  

eddie577
eddie577

 @Ronnie

 You don't get it. The players did not ask for a day off. It was their boss who told them to take the day off for the long term benefits of the organization. Are you telling me that if your boss directed you to take the day off with pay because you looked worn out or didn't want you to get burned out you would not comply? Get real. Pop made the decision and I support him 100%. We all know that if he would have asked the Big 3 to play 48 minutes in the game they would comply. That's why the Spurs were voted the most successful professional sports organization recently. 

engspot
engspot

 @57chamorro Would anyone even care if it wasn't against the NBA's precious Heat?  We'll see if they fine Miami for resting their players at the end of the year.

thatmanstu
thatmanstu

 @57chamorro Ridiculous. They broke no rules and acted in the best interest of their team as they see fit. This is what the Coach is paid to do.

Mathew Robbins
Mathew Robbins

 @sagasha If the fans felt so ripped off then they could stop buying their tickets.  However SA brings a winning brand of basketball to town and the fans seem pretty happy about that.  Yes any town should be able to do that and risk the wrath of the fans.  But the NBA should not be able to fine a team without a "rule" in place.  The NBA has allowed this for years.... and in 2012 decide it is against the rules???  I hope SA challenges this fine in court and WINS.  I think the NBA has always been about entertainment rather than competition and that is why the NFL is more popular and successful.   That is certain fouls are called on the visiting team and not the home team.  I would love to see the statistics of home court fouls vs away fouls.  SCREW the NBA

thatmanstu
thatmanstu

 @sagasha If you do not understand the logic and motivation for this Coaches decision,then perhaps it is best to leave to the Coach,as he is paid to make those decisions,above your head or not....

mwr5053
mwr5053

 @MaryElaineCorrea I applaud Popovich. Most of the Heat fans come to see LeBron, Wade and those fellows and they want to see them win too. Here's a way....They nearly lost but eaked out a squeaker against a very motivated but unseasoned group of Spurs. I watched much of the game on TV and really enjoyed watching guys who I rarely see play for the Spurs. It gets old seeing the same guys every game - especially during the arduously long regular season.

 

Stern needs to move on out to a place like Cuba where he can play dictator 24/7. Perhaps the Castro brothers would step aside for little Howard.

Dawgfood1980
Dawgfood1980

 @mrqsjunkmail It happens all the time.  usually more than once.

 

And really how old your roster is should have no bearing on the schedule.

Tootie
Tootie

Yeah Paul43, lets see you play 4 games in 5 nights on the road. I doubt you could run up and down the court for 2 hours once much less 4 times. As to not being able to stand the team, you're a fool. San Antonio loves their Spurs not just for their court prowess that resulted in 4 championships but also because they are good citizens - you don't see them drunk in bars or in courtside fights. They also are a team that has faith - both in their abilities and their God. If that chaps your butt, just accept it as an explanation as to why you voted for Obama.

KristiJ
KristiJ

 @Paul43 Was the game last night not a good game? Did the Spurs' bench not hold their own against the Heat? Were they not in the lead until the last minute or so? How do a few players make a good game? The Spurs don't rely on "stars" to carry the team. Their bench shines on its own.

57chamorro
57chamorro

 @engspot A No show is no show.  No matter the sport.  Fans pay hard earned money for the entertainment to see the big ticket (stars) certainly not the bench.  You don't see the fans purchasing Team Jerseys for folks sitting on the bench.

57chamorro
57chamorro

 @thatmanstu  @57chamorro Would you have paid the same price for a ticket if you knew beforehand the multi-million dollar players OTWKA, Their star players weren't playing?  $$'$  are hard to come by these days and I cherish every penny of it to throw it away on an advertised entertainment and not getting what I paid for.  You get what you pay for.  I pay for what I get, in this case, the fans lose.

sagasha
sagasha

 @thatmanstu You're right stu. I'll never question anything questionable again. How silly of me to question subjects that are above my station. What on Earth was I thinking?

 

Please accept my heartfelt apology and shove it straight up your narrow mind. And please leave logic outta this because your statement has nothing to do with it. Zilch, zero, notta.

Dawgfood1980
Dawgfood1980

 @Tootie "They also are a team that has faith - both in their abilities and their God."

 

Wish you would of started with that line so I wouldn't of wasted my time thinking you may of had something intelligent to say.

 

Let me guess, you felt that Bowen was a great person too right?  Even though he's known as the most dirty player in the last decade.  Oh and lets not forget about your almighty Robert H.  He showed so much class... INSTIGATING a fight.  But I guess since it was your home team that makes it ok.

 

And this may be a shocker to you... But this is a sports site.  Leave your God and Politics out of it as it has NOTHING to do with the game. 

Dawgfood1980
Dawgfood1980

 @KristiJ  @Paul43 They could do that matchup 50 times, and that bench "might" win 2.   And honestly i'd be shocked if they got 2.

Spursfan50
Spursfan50

 @57chamorro  @thatmanstu then why not play the best players the whole game, why sit them. they're getting paid to play the entire game. Don't rest them at all because they are the ones that we paid to see. What all you idiots don't understand is that the Heat and Boston did this last year. Bosh, Wade, Lebron, Rondo, KG and Ray didn't play, but no one said anything about that game even though I'd say that is a more marquee matchup

Spursfan50
Spursfan50

 @sagasha  @thatmanstu sagasha you use as much logic as stu. first of all the gambling aspect, are you kidding. since when should the league care about gambling, they don't get a cut. So what, are teams supposed to play in order for the gamblers to make their money or should they just make sure that they do enough on the court to ensure that the majority wins. DUMB. second the players that did play, do you think they thought, we suck that's why we're here? have you ever played sports before bro. no matter what if you start you're gonna play your hardest to prove that you belong in the league and that's what they did otherwise it would have been a blowout. it shows that Pop had enough faith in them to hold their own against the defending champs without the Big 3+1. Pop didn't get away with anything, almost every team employs this strategy. the Heat and Boston did it last year when they played against each other, but no fines were handed out then, bad teams sit veterans to play young guys to "develop" them, when in actuality they are tanking the season, wouldn't those fans rather see the vets play instead of players who are just trying to accomodate to the NBA games, but those bad teams don't get fined. So stop with that logic bull**** because there was no logic in Stern's decision 

Shane Bauman
Shane Bauman

 @Dawgfood1980  @Spursfan50 It's the regular season, I expect that players get rested.  Especially if I was going to watch the Spurs...its not like this is the first time they sat out multiple stars at the same time.  I think Popovich's job is to coach and manage his team in the manner that gives him the best chance at winning a title...if that means sacrificing a game against an Eastern Conference opponent so that he has a better chance at beating their division rival Grizzlies the next game, then that is his call.  You say it isn't about entertainment, so I don't understand why you are so opposed to it...Popovich has sacrificed regular season games many times in the past in order to be more competative in the playoffs.  You say "it is bs to the fan"...Heat fans are there to see LeBron and the gang anyway, and it's not Popovich's job to make sure they or the 200 Spurs fans that are at the game are getting their value.  If Stern was so concerned about the fans getting their value, he probably wouldn't have cancelled half the season last year.

Dawgfood1980
Dawgfood1980

 @Spursfan50  You honestly don't see the difference from a Fan's perspective of having 1 person missing vs 4?  And you call them Gimme games but you don't think you could of won.  Sorry man your shooting all over the board on this one, and still haven't even gotten to the original statement.  And I never said make up injury's, just have them in uniform on the bench.   And your talking about the record against the West... umm all 3 games beforehand were in the East.

 

That's fine, you love the Spurs.  But you are no more objective in this situation than I am.  (and all I'm saying is that Pop. shouldn't of been surprised, he had many avenues to take and he choose the most insulting one, to the fans and the NBA)

 

To shane,  Me personally, yes I don't care if it was on TV or against the 96 Bulls or last years Bobcats, its BS to the fan.  I dunno what the NBA thinks and not really worried about that.  And I have yet to say anything about entertainment.  He could of spread it out and won all 4.  And Unless you make alot more money than me, I don't see you being "understanding" that you spent your hard earned money and didn't get the value you were expecting.

Shane Bauman
Shane Bauman

 @Dawgfood1980  @Spursfan50  @Toronto  @Washington  @Orlando He could have sat his players out in seperate games, but wouldn't that have devalued the fans' experience in 3 cities instead of 1?  He also would not have been able to send those players home a day earlier.  I understand all about wanting to see visiting players...I cheer for Canadian sports teams but live in the southern US.  Would I be bummed to go to a game and have all the stars no playing?  Sure.  But would I understand?  yes.  And would I be thrilled to see my team play a close game against the champs, regardless of who was suiting up for my team?  Better believe it.I guess I am confused...is Popovich supposed to be running his team to win, or running his team to be entertaining?  I don't think Popovich cares about "testing his team" or whatever against the Heat...he knows what his team is capable of. My question is:  would Stern (and you) care if the Spurs had done this in a non-televised game against the Wizards?

Spursfan50
Spursfan50

 @Dawgfood1980  @Toronto  @Washington  @Orlando you say all those other games were meaningless, but they weren't. if they were to choose a game to rest it wouldn't be against those bad teams, because those are gimme wins that they should take. the heat game is meaningless because other than the win or lose it has no bearing on how the spurs finish in the WEST.

so you say its ok to rest players on alternate days, but whats the difference, you're cheating out fans in that scenario as well. in yesterdays case its just one game, not a string of three. yes pop could have made up some injuries if he wanted to or had them sit on the bench, but either way Stern was going to go after them because they are a ratings killer, whether they played a boring style or because they give the middle finger to the league (in this case). Pop's job isn't to appease the commish, its to win games, and his loyalties lie with no other than the Spurs. and i'm sure a majority of Spurs fans were completely ok with his decision

Dawgfood1980
Dawgfood1980

 @Spursfan50  

 

Ok, here we go, may be a longer post but going to give some background info.

 

Last 3 games before the Heat were against

Sun, Nov 25@Toronto --- 111-106 OT --- 3-11

Mon, Nov 26@Washington --- 118-92 --- 0-12

Wed, Nov 28@Orlando --- 110-89 --- 5-9

 

Total record of 8-32

 

If they were tired, why couldn't he of rested Parker 1 game of those 3, Timmy another one, and then Green and Manu in the other one.  Then they are rested and can play at full strength against the Defending Champs (someone I would think they would want to have a test against.)

 

Sooo based on what I just showed you, they had more than ample opportunity to rest before the Miami game.

 

And while I enjoy this conversation, if you look at my first response the majority of the comment was regarding how the Spurs have always had Great People (not players) People on their teams.  I simply put out a few cases where that is BS.

 

""""Let me guess, you felt that Bowen was a great person too right?  Even though he's known as the most dirty player in the last decade.  Oh and lets not forget about your almighty Robert H.  He showed so much class... INSTIGATING a fight.  But I guess since it was your home team that makes it ok.""""

 

As to your statement Shane, I think above took care of all your questions/statements.

 

Oh, and as to Steve Nash on the off-season, He's never played in the Olympics and such (i could be wrong going off memory and its getting late but I'm 80% sure on that)  Yes injury's happen no matter how well you take care of yourself, but i don't get why Pop. put all 4 on the same day when he had 3 chump teams beforehand that he could of taken advantage of.  (people don't mind a star resting, but they do mind when you ditch all your stars.)

 

A stat I saw on ESPN regarding Ticket prices in Miami for the 400's section.  In the next... i think it was like 6 or 7 games they showed the prices... the lowest was the Phoenix Suns at $25, The highest was the Spurs at $70.  Whether you think he made a good move or bad move that really screws over fans.  And i see no reason he couldn't of spaced them out.

 

And yes, sometimes fans go to see the other team.  And this early on, I think they go to see the stars because prices are usually better than later in the season.  And you are usually sure the star is going to play unless hes hurt.

 

I'm not saying Pop. is a bad coach.  I'm not even saying the Spurs suck or anything like that.  They are a great team (as much as I hate it ;) )  I just think he could of handled this much better.

 

Sorry for the long message, and believe me I do understand not wanting to break your players.  Just seems silly to do all 4 on the same night.  (and really if he would of had them dress out and just sit on the bench all night he would of been fine.  If a reporter asked him why they didn't play he could of easily said "Well, I was trying to give them some rest because of this long road trip, but then our backups were doing so good, I wanted to give them a chance to win it"  Nobody would of said anything... well at least not a fine and stuff.

Shane Bauman
Shane Bauman

 @Dawgfood1980  @Spursfan50  @Tootie Dawgfood- Ginobli is constantly hurt, Duncan has had health issues in recent seasons.  But the main point is that Popovich is resting them early so they don't get dinged up or worn down...waiting until a star is hurt or exhausted to rest him is a silly idea, especially if they are old.And crappy teams blatantly tank at the end of the season...game integrity is much more at stake then but Stern doesn't ever complain about it.

Spursfan50
Spursfan50

 @Dawgfood1980  @Tootie is it so wrong to  believe that these guys needed rest, TP and Ginobili have played so many NBA minutes, they played over the summer in their olympics. Yes players like kobe and wade have done the same, but look at how their bodies are breaking down already. especially nash and his continuous back spasms. The spurs don't have that problem, injuries are their problems and thats not something you can control, but the wear and tear is. so why not control it and limit their games and minutes so that they can have a longer career. would you not give up 2 or 3 games a year for a player to see them play longer? that's the rationale and that's what you're not understanding. you're looking at the short term, not the long term

Dawgfood1980
Dawgfood1980

 @Spursfan50  @Tootie Yes, I dislike the Spurs ever since David Robinson retired.  (they were my 2nd fav team before then)

 

Yes teams rest players at the end of the season, and its a common practice.  I could accept that some guys may be tired and with the playoffs coming if you have your spot locked up.  But 16 games into the season?  With none of the 4 even showing any signs of injury??  And even crappy teams keep playing there stars at the end of the season when they are doing the "player development" to see how it works.

 

So, their I put a direct answer to every complaint you had.   So how about you try to tell me what I said that was SOOO wrong that makes me dumb.  Sorry facts hurt.

Spursfan50
Spursfan50

 @Dawgfood1980  @Tootie Dawgfood you're hatred for the Spurs is blinding you dumba$$. Why don't they fine the teams near the end of the season for resting players or fine the non-playoff teams for tanking players. the crappy teams put in their crappy players at the end of the season as "player development" but they aren't fielding the most competitive team. Get it straight you're just as biased as the Spurs fans

 

Shane Bauman
Shane Bauman

 @Igor R  @KristiJ  @Paul43 Igor- Lebron: 39 minutes, Bosh: 37 minutes, Wade: 32 minutes.  The Heat had 5 days off since their previous game, they weren't resting anybody for this game.