San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich made a decision which he thought was best for his team on Thursday and now NBA commissioner David Stern has taken disciplinary action to express his disapproval of the decision.
On Thursday night Popovich decided to allow Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green to return to San Antonio instead of having the four starters remain with the team to compete against the Miami Heat. Popovich made this decision based on the fact that his team was exhausted following them playing in three road games in four days, being on the road for almost two weeks straight and playing a total of 11 road games in the month of November.
As soon as Stern caught wind of Popovich’s decision, he informed members of the media that there would be actions taken against the matter and he was correct about that. The NBA commish fined the Spurs organization $250,000 for the decision to rest their players because according to Stern, the Spurs “did a disservice to the league and our fans.”
Stern released a statement which said the following, “The result here is dictated by the totality of the facts in this case. 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.”
The Spurs have yet to comment on Stern’s decision to fine them.