Thursday, November 29, 2012
Real Quick Though
People are ripping on Gregg Popovich right now because he rested his 4 highest scoring players tonight during a (nearly) meaningless regular-season game. They're mad at him basically because he sat his best players against one of the best teams in the league, the Miami Heat. From what I can gather, the rationale is that this was a nationally-televised game between two of the league's best teams, and the fans were robbed of their entertainment because it was basically the real Heat vs the fake Spurs.
This is bullshit.
Gregg Popovich can do whatever the hell he wants. He has one job: to win titles. He has no responsibilities to anyone except himself, his team, and Spurs fans. If he thinks that putting 5 limbless baby turtles on the floor to face the Heat would give him the best chance of winning a title down the road this season, he has every right to sign those amputee turtles up and send 'em out there. Whatever reason he sat his starters (age, fatigue, minor injuries), he does not have to explain himself to anyone and it's pretty shocking that the commissioner of the league, David Stern, has announced that there will be "severe" repercussions.
What Stern is doing by punishing Popovich is telling the world, straight up, that this league is more about entertaining as many fans as possible (aka making as much money as possible) than winning championships.