I think Pop is in the right here 100%
The fundamental argument here is Stern is upset because fans are deprived of star players and Pop is essentially saying its a team game. Teams are made up of more than star players. and what happened? The NBA had a great game that came down to the last 2 minutes, where the Heat edged out the Spurs. Stern can not legislate how team's are coached.
And what does this do for the Spurs? give role players actual experience, make mistakes in November that can be fixed, and give them confidence they can play against the NBA Champions.
and what did the Heat gain? 1 win