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.”
HOW DARE THE SPURS REST THEIR STARTERS ON A TNT NIGHT!
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.