November 30, 2012

Popovich Sends Players Home During National Broadcast, Stern Sends Assassin To Kill Pop

The San Antonio Spurs have been on the road a lot this year. Specifically they've been on the road for 12 games already this year. Their last road trip ended last night. The Spurs recently went on a 6 game road trip that ended with 4 games in 5 nights at Miami. So Spurs coach Greg Popovich sent home Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Danny Green home last night to rest up for a huge game against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs were also missing Stephen Jackson and Kawhi Leonard due to injury so they were not at full strength last night against the Miami Heat. Pop has rested his starters before for entire games. He's never done it though on a national TNT broadcast against the Miami Heat and that's the problem.

Fuhrer Stern is pissed that Pop rested his starters:

“I apologize to all NBA fans. This was an unacceptable decision by the San Antonio Spurs and substantial sanctions will be forthcoming.”


I love how Stern is pissed now on behalf of the "paying customers" when Pop has done this exact thing before just last year. That's because this game was on TNT last night. Pure and simple. TNT pays a lot of money for those national games and Stern doesn't want a pissed network. If Pop rested his starters the night before in Orlando and I would guarantee you he wouldn't have said anything. 

Stern shouldn't be concerned about the Spurs resting players. He should be concerned about the absurd schedule these teams have to play. The Spurs aren't the only NBA team that has to play a crazy road schedule where they play 4 games in 5 nights. Every team will have a stretch like that. And that's the problem. If Stern was really "concerned" about the fans he would eliminate the 82 game schedule by 10 or 12 games to give teams more rest. That will never happen though because the NBA and owners make money off of those games just like how they make money off of the TNT games. And that's what pisses off Stern so much. 

Now Popovich is marked for death by the Fuhrer. Too bad because everyone enjoys his sideline interviews.

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