LeBron doesn’t think Popovich was wrong for resting Spurs starters against Heat
There’s been plenty of discussion over Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich’s decision to rest his three best players on Thursday, all of whom were healthy, for his team’s nationally televised contest in Miami versus the defending champion Heat.
No matter where you stand on the issue, it’s tough to argue that the league would be better off as a whole if more teams were to follow Pop’s lead on this, but it’s equally tough to argue that the commissioner’s office has any room to punish the Spurs for their actions, with no rules against what the organization did being in place prior to the decision.
One person who didn’t seem to have a problem with it was LebBron James, who addressed this issue specifically during his postgame comments.
From Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida:
“I don’t think Pop was in the wrong,’’ said Heat forward LeBron James, who scored a game-high 23 points. “It’s not in the rules to tell you that you can’t not send your guys here or send your guys home. But the commissioner will make his decision, and everybody else will deal with it.’’This is the core issue, and Stern’s largest hurdle in handing down any form of punishment.
A fine more than twenty years ago is hardly a precedent that can be pointed to, especially when the Spurs specifically have done this repeatedly over the last few seasons without consequence.
James may not have an issue with what the Spurs did against his Heat, but plenty of others do — including David Stern, who has an interesting decision to make about how this will be dealt with in the future.
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James just got on my Christmas card list.
Everyone seems to understand and is riding with Pop on this decision, everyone except the clown who is greedy as hell and doesn't play the game nor coach it HIMSELF! MR STERN.
Tough to argue that our worn-out starters would've given the Heat a better run than our amped-up bench did last night.
I'm pretty sure the Heat didn't cover the line on the game, which is hilarious because sports talk radio guys were saying yesterday right after this came out that it would be a "25-30 point game" and if you could get in on the line (which I think was Heat by 7) you would "make a killing." (That was off 1250 the Zone in SA).
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