The NBA has fined the Spurs for sitting out its players versus the Heat in last night's contest. Here is the official statement.
NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2012 -- The NBA announced today that the San Antonio Spurs organization has been fined $250,000 for its decision to send four players home prior to the Spurs' Nov. 29 game in Miami. The Spurs' actions were in violation of a league policy, reviewed with the NBA Board of Governors in April 2010, against resting players in a manner contrary to the best interests of the NBA.
However, according to the video below which was posted by ESPN yesterday, it's being reported by ESPN's Marc Stein that no punishment will be given to the Spurs. Granted anything can change considering no official statement from the league has been handed out. Should anything change, we will update this post accordingly.
If this is true, this comes as a big blow to Stern's already damaged credibility. It's a huge embarrassment to the league for him to come out and announce an announcement in a hot headed moment and promising to do something out of his realm of authority. Stern is stepping down on February 1, 2014 as commissioner and giving the reigns to deputy commissioner Adam Silver.
For anyone who thinks David Stern should not be making lineup decisions for NBA teams under threat of a huge fine… I have started a petition to David Stern against these sorts of ridiculous actions.
First off I don't understand why David Stern is so upset about a team that he or the other big wigs of the NBA don't promote anyway. You have a hall of fame coach three future hall of fame players & one of wich is the best power forward in NBA history, 4 championships & most importantly you don't hear about the Spurs with any drama on or off the court bringing any kind of discredit to the their organization or the league. So basically if the Spurs did this against Orlando or the Bobcats they wouldn't have been fined only because it was against the heat on national TV. I wonder if the Kings play the Raptors and they sat Evans, Cousins & Bargnani, DeRozan would the get fined.
- Spurs played Splitter, Mills, Diaw, De Colo. Four players present at the Olympics. Heat had James.
- It was a close game 'till 22 seconds from the end. What if the Spurs had won? If you think that the resting weakened the Spurs team, one could fine the Heat for playing poorly against 'bad' players. If you think that the Spurs put a strong team on the floor, there should be no fine.
- What about crappy teams or teams that tank? The Kings, the Wizards, the Bobcats?
- Is Stern a Danny Green fan? Because Pop did this two times last season with the 'big Three', and no fines were issued.
- Is this because of the TV? Does a fan have more rights to 'see the stars' when a game is aired on TV?
- Could we see at least some 'mea culpa' from Stern for the unequal schedules of both teams that lead to this matchup?
I hope to see a lot of 'resting' this season. Giving 'real' minutes to the bench is essential for the play-offs.
WOW! I don't know if ProjectSpurs have wrote about this, but this warrants its own article. I see so much backlash coming from this. http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1217126&sid=c143b7423d882d3754f10aa048c4a370
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