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November 30, 2012

On the ninth day, the Spurs rest

Filed under: Entertainment,Sports — Mike Kueber @ 2:29 pm
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Last night, San Antonio Spur head coach Gregg “Pop” Popovich created controversy by holding out his three star players (Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker) in a nationally televised game against the Miami Heat.  NBA President David Stern responded by declaring that the fans deserve better and, therefore, sanctions against the Spurs would be forthcoming. 

The problem with Stern’s threat is that the Spurs have rested their star players before, and as pointed out by local columnist Buck Harvey, the only significant difference is that this game was on national TV.   

The situation reminds me of pre-season NFL games.  Those games are irrelevant, and the fans accept (albeit reluctantly) that the teams are mostly going through the motions.  That is essentially what Popovich decided – i.e., his team has a better chance to win the league title with one less regular-season win and one more night of rest for his stars. 

Yes, the Popovich move reflects a lack of respect for the regular season games, and yes, the fans at some of those games are shortchanged.  And although the NBA is in the business of entertainment, David Stern needs to remember that what sets sports apart is that a team’s complete focus is on winning the championship, not on putting on a good show, and there is no compelling reason for him to risk messing with that fundamental.


1 Comment »

  1. everyone is missing the root cause of the problem. mr. stern, if you want the healthy super stars to be in every game then don’t create schedules where a team has 4 road games in 5 nights. my guess is the broadcasting network was not happy. all stern cares about is money.


    Comment by Q — December 2, 2012 @ 1:32 pm | Reply

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