David Stern Fines San Antonio Spurs $250,000 Following Game with Miami Heat

December 1st, 2012 by mike raffone Leave a reply »
A freshly painted line has just been drawn on the hardwood floors of every NBA arena.

This new line should never be crossed by NBA coaches or team management unless their pens are poised to write hefty checks to the league office for actions deemed to do disservice to the NBA or its fans, according to NBA Commissioner David Stern (via ESPN).

Stern stuck the San Antonio Spurs with a startling $250,000 fine for sitting star players Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli during Thursday night's marquee television matchup with the Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat on TNT.

The Spurs' Gregg Popovich, arguably the NBA's best active coach, opted to rest his three stars and guard Danny Green instead of playing them against the up-tempo Heat following the Spurs' recent grueling road schedule.

Popovich has shrewdly led the Spurs to four NBA titles, maneuvering his team to among the elite NBA franchises with bold but effective coaching decisions. Ironically, he's been known to rub his own All-Star players the wrong way at first, only to have the very same players embrace his coaching style and extol his hard-li ...

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