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Flip Tanneflop
12-01-2012, 01:38 AM
David Stern is a joke. The NBA is a joke.

They play something like 82 games and yet half of the teams in the league make the playoffs. If they dont want the Spurs to rest their aging stars, either shorten the regular season or make teams win games to qualify for the playoffs. Hell, it isnt uncommon for a team to barely break .500 to qualify in the East. Its a joke.

The NBA was just butt hurt because that Spurs/Heat game was a national TV game. The Spurs did this all last year and it paid off for them down the stretch. Yet, Stern never fined them last season. Their guys need rest to be fresh for the playoffs. The playoffs are also way too long. Its a slow motion funeral march.

This was the perfect game to give their key players a rest for several reasons......

1) There was a good chance they dont beat the Heat anyway
2) Its a non conference game
3) Everyone knows that baring injuries, the Heat will win the East. So if the Spurs win the West, they would be facing the Heat for the title. This gives the Heat one less game to have already played against the Spurs. They will only play once more in the regular season.
4) What better game for the bench players on the Spurs to get some critical experience?

Whats so ridiculous about this fine is that anyone who was going to watch that game in the first place STILL watched it. The Spurs resting old vets kept nobody from watching that game. Who in the hell watches the NBA anyway? Especially the meaningless regular season. No rap stars are rapping about Tim Duncan. The hip hop fans will watch LeBron no matter who he is playing.

Aside from all of that, it turned out to be a competative game anyway. So STFU David Stern. All you do is point out how meaningless your regular season is. Wake me up when it gets down to the conference semis. Then I will watch only to hate on the Heat.

I dont want to see Stern suspend a key player from any team from this point forward. Otherwise, he should fine himself. How dare he keep the fans from seeing the best players on the court.

JCane
12-01-2012, 01:39 AM
Yeah, I don't understand why he's so upset. LeBron James played.

That's all that really matters.

SpurzN703
12-01-2012, 01:56 AM
Blame the schedule makers for ****ing the Spurs. 7 games in 11 nights with 6 of them being on the road trip and 4 games in 5 nights vs. the Heat while Miami had been off since Saturday and had only played 3 games in 12 nights.

Pop and the Spurs don't give a **** about the ratings. They're in it to win.

Ilovemyfins4eva
12-01-2012, 11:42 PM
yup, agreed 100 percent wv, couldnt say it better myself.

half the teams make the playoffs as it is, and with 82 games, this is why nba teams can afford to rest there starters and not have it effect them come playoff time. there are just way too many games played, making the regular season and exhibition.

to fine the spurs 250,000 is just a ****ing joke. greg popovich, or any coach in the nba for that matter should be allowed to bench there players when ever the **** they want. they are being paid to coach their specific team, and whatever they feel is best for their team is what they should do.

heck if popovich wanted to rest his guys for an entire month, he should be free to. it is his team. if u do not like it david stern, then shorten the ****ing season.

last season was actually imo a lot more exciting than most because it was a 66 game season due to the lockout. 82 games is way too much.

Ferretsquig
12-02-2012, 01:51 AM
I would have fined him half a mil and taken it directly from his salary. See if he pulls that kind of stunt again when it effects his pocket book.

The NBA more than any other sports league is star driven.......people come to see the players, not the teams. If Popovich wants to pretend that he is somehow above all this and hes there purely to coach and not entertain then that's fine. Calculate the revenue he costs the league each time this is done and take it from him, not every other player and owner in the collective.

The scheduling argument is complete nonsense and I can't believe anyone is stupid enough to buy that. If he wanted to rest his stars on a long road trip then he had ample opportunity to do it against a lesser opponent during a game that wasn't nationally televised. Nobody would have cared.

SpurzN703
12-02-2012, 11:10 PM
I would have fined him half a mil and taken it directly from his salary. See if he pulls that kind of stunt again when it effects his pocket book.

The NBA more than any other sports league is star driven.......people come to see the players, not the teams. If Popovich wants to pretend that he is somehow above all this and hes there purely to coach and not entertain then that's fine. Calculate the revenue he costs the league each time this is done and take it from him, not every other player and owner in the collective.

The scheduling argument is complete nonsense and I can't believe anyone is stupid enough to buy that. If he wanted to rest his stars on a long road trip then he had ample opportunity to do it against a lesser opponent during a game that wasn't nationally televised. Nobody would have cared.

Help me understand how the schedule argument was nonsense. Also help me understand why you're more qualified to make the call over a future Hall of Fame coach.

Ferretsquig
12-03-2012, 04:03 AM
Help me understand how the schedule argument was nonsense. Also help me understand why you're more qualified to make the call over a future Hall of Fame coach.

Give me a break.....he knew exactly what he was doing and the response it would elicit. The man can read a schedule as well as you or I......there are 60+ games on there and 4 on his latest road trip where noone would notice if only 5 guys showed up to play.

Bumpus
12-07-2012, 04:26 PM
I would have fined him half a mil and taken it directly from his salary. See if he pulls that kind of stunt again when it effects his pocket book.

The NBA more than any other sports league is star driven.......people come to see the players, not the teams. If Popovich wants to pretend that he is somehow above all this and hes there purely to coach and not entertain then that's fine. Calculate the revenue he costs the league each time this is done and take it from him, not every other player and owner in the collective.

The scheduling argument is complete nonsense and I can't believe anyone is stupid enough to buy that. If he wanted to rest his stars on a long road trip then he had ample opportunity to do it against a lesser opponent during a game that wasn't nationally televised. Nobody would have cared.

You mad?

Dizzy
12-14-2012, 06:10 AM
He's done it before. It's a smart tactical move. Older veterans need a rest from time to time.

eriefinfan
12-24-2012, 08:44 PM
A coach decides when to rest his players. Stern has no right to say he's resting too many players too soon. What a joke!!

Greatness920
01-31-2013, 05:56 PM
Guys the problem was he sent them all home early! He didn't even have them courtside at teh game wit the team. Danny Green is not an old veteran. There was no excuse for him not to be at Least courtside for the game. Pop is a great coach and I agree wit resting players but they played the wizards the game before I believe.. why not rest them for that game. He knew exactly what he was doing and was essentially conceding the last game of the road trip which unfortunately for him happend to be against the Miami Heat.

SpurzN703
02-01-2013, 12:20 PM
Guys the problem was he sent them all home early! He didn't even have them courtside at teh game wit the team. Danny Green is not an old veteran. There was no excuse for him not to be at Least courtside for the game. Pop is a great coach and I agree wit resting players but they played the wizards the game before I believe.. why not rest them for that game. He knew exactly what he was doing and was essentially conceding the last game of the road trip which unfortunately for him happend to be against the Miami Heat.

The Spurs were in Orlando the night before and the Heat game was their 5th in 7 nights and all were on the road (6 game road trip). The Heat on the other hand had played 2 games in the previous 11 days, both at home.

Bumpus
02-02-2013, 01:18 PM
The Spurs were in Orlando the night before and the Heat game was their 5th in 7 nights and all were on the road (6 game road trip). The Heat on the other hand had played 2 games in the previous 11 days, both at home.

Regardless ...

Unless its later revealed that Pops pulled a "Pete Rose" - how in the hell is it any of the League's business how a 4 Time Champion & Coach of the Year chooses to manage his team?

This is simply a load of **** from the NBA.

SpurzN703
02-03-2013, 12:47 PM
Regardless ...

Unless its later revealed that Pops pulled a "Pete Rose" - how in the hell is it any of the League's business how a 4 Time Champion & Coach of the Year chooses to manage his team?

This is simply a load of **** from the NBA.

You don't have to explain that to me pal. Greatness920 made it seem like there was no cause for Popovich to sit who he sat b/c he didn't have his facts straight.

Ferretsquig
02-03-2013, 02:30 PM
This is simply a load of **** from the NBA.

Its almost like the commissioner of the league thinks its his job to represent the owners and ensure they receive maximum return on their investment. Kinda strange isn't it?

Greatness920
02-05-2013, 10:30 AM
Oh you right, It was Orlando and it was a lot of games in a short time however, every team goes through that at least one time in the season. Yes, the League should not have scheduled the Heat for the Spurs on the last game of that stretch that was bad decision making. It's very easy to take Pops side on this one but playing Devil's Advocate I can see how the Commish would get upset as I'm sure some viewers changed the channel and we all know its about the TV deals.

PS Danny Green has no business being sent home to rest. He was not injured and is in his 20s. Timmy, Parker and Ginobli no problem but Danny Green... Cmon Man