Everyone has their opinions on David Stern fining the San Antonio Spurs for sending home their stars, even one of their stars. Manu Ginobili typed up a great story on explaining on CanchaLlena.com how cautious Gregg Popovich has been with him and the team and that he's done this very action before with no consequences.
Manu went to state that Pop had asked him if he wanted to sit during the trip against Washington but Manu wanted to try to play against Washington to seal a win with the rest of the superstars on the floor and rest when the other stars were going to rest.
Ginobili knows his limitations also, stating that he's 35 and his teammate Tim Duncan is 36 years old so they have to get the rest they can afford as a team. He also gives us an in depth description of his previous injury, which rightfully worried his coach during this mini travel tour. He didn't have balance or have confidence in his play up until playing the Nuggets two weeks ago.
Manu doesn't seem upset, but more disappointed at how the NBA is treating the Spurs with this schedule and action. He also wrote that the Spurs have been plagued by injuries so far, especially in the small forward position with Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson. You can bet the Spurs will still be cautious, even if the NBA doesn't agree with it.
I applaud Manu. It is very disgusting that Stern and his schedule makers would intentionally set the Spurs up with a game that gave them a greatly unlevel playing floor against the Heat by resting the Heat extensively. They had played at home since a hime game on the 21st of Nov., and them played another home game on the 24th. But the Spurs had to play away on the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 26th, 28th, before the Miami game of the 29th. And, it is well proven that such intense games that they have played, with all teams giving them their best shot (Spurs are a measuring stick for all teams, perhaps even more so than the Heat are.), creates injuries for the bodies do not recover. Consider the loss of one of their youngest stars already (Kawhi Leonard), and the loss of Jackson. Stern and the schedule makers owe the eam an apology for intentionally creating a made for international TV game that was so ridiculously imbalanced against the Spurs. Everyone knew that both teams were returning narly the same roster and it was guaranteed to be competitive, so there is no excuse for the crime that Stern and the schedule makers committed against the Spurs. So the team was being setup as they would clearly be tired and at risk for injury. And it also shows the devious mind of Stern to make his chosen elite big city players to be given prime advantage. It was a disgrace for Stern to lower himself to being such a hypocrit to the Spurs and to the international markets, especially of millions of South Americans and Europeans who love the Spurs and the work ethic that they commit themselves to twelve months of the year. David Stern, the dictator, should resign, period! He has opened pandora's box and has challenged the clubs to dare challenge his distasteful ethics! Shame on him, and I hope that this becomes a huge scar on his resume! He has done a lot of good over the years; but he has also become the great entitlest like he criticises players for becoming. Since before last year he has been setting a bad example for anyone running a business.