David Stern’s Overreaction to Gregg Popovich’s Spurs Rest Shows NBA’s Hypocrisy

November 30th, 2012 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »
David Stern and his NBA minions never cease to amaze the masses.

In a bad way.

The league office and its commissioner have always had a tendency to micromanage its teams, but they have now officially breached the province of hypocrisy.

In an admittedly stunning—though not out of character—move, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich opted to send four of his best players back to San Antonio before the team's game against the Miami Heat on November 29.

As unexpected as Popovich's decision was, however, it was not completely surprising.

Sure, sending home the likes of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker—the Spurs' top-three scorers—and Danny Green against the defending champs took much of the intrigue out of the game. But that doesn't mean it was some maniacal ploy by San Antonio.

Popovich has been known to rest the majority of his starters before. With a team as old as the Spurs, it's honestly hard not to.

Not if the team wants to be playing well into spring.

So from a tactical standpoint, Pop's decision made plenty of sense. The Spurs were finishi ...

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