NBA Commissioner, David Stern, is sending out a somewhat heartfelt apology to the fans today. Why? Because the San Antonio Spurs didn’t play four of their best players (Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Danny Green) during their game against the Miami Heat on Thursday night.
So, “what’s the big deal” you ask? Well, despite a rather exciting game, Stern is calling out Gregg Popovich for sending his key players back to San Antonio to rest. The Spurs are coming off a six-day road trip, and last night marked their fourth game in five nights. Let’s face it; the San Antonio Spurs aren’t exactly a team of young bucks, here.
On the other hand, this was a nationally televised game. The fans want to see the big stars tearin’ up the court. Stern said, “I apologize to all NBA fans. This was an unacceptable decision by the San Antonio Spurs and substantial sanctions will be forthcoming,.”
This isn’t the first time that San Antonio has left Parker and co. back home to rest. Just last year, late in the shortened season, the team left Duncan, Ginobili and Parker at home for a road trip to which the NBA deputy commissioner, Adam Silver, responded to by saying, “The strategic resting of particular players on particular nights is within the discretion of the teams, and Gregg Popovich in particular is probably the last coach that I would second guess.”
Oh yeah — and the Heat won 105-100.
Should there be a punishment for this strategic move? Surely, all sports journalists will be keeping their eyes on what develops.