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Friday, December 20th, 2013 at 11:15 am  |  8 responses

Spurs Not in Trouble for Resting Their Stars for National TV Game

Last season, the San Antonio Spurs had to fork over a quarter of a million bucks after giving their three superstars the night off just prior to a nationally-televised game. On Thursday night, head coach Gregg Popovich did the same thing (and Tony Parker was already out with an injury), but the League isn’t upset this time. The Spurs managed to eke out a road win sans their star players. Per the Express-News:

Though the Spurs have chosen to rest 37-year-old team captain Tim Duncan and 36-year-old two-time All-Star guard Manu Ginobili for Thursday’s game against the Warriors, the team is in no danger of being fined by the league.

Last season when the Spurs’ big three, plus starting guard Danny Green, were held out of a nationally televised game against the Heat in Miami, NBA Commissioner David Stern fined the team $250,000, but a league spokesperson said the club will not be penalized this season.

The Spurs informed the league early Thursday that coach Gregg Popovich was considering resting both Duncan and Ginobili.

When the decision was finalized the team informed NBA vice-president for basketball operations Rod Thorn and issued a statement that both players would sit out the nationally televised game. Because they followed league protocols there was no danger of being fined again.

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  • theDankerNuggets

    That’s because this was their 5th game in 7 days. The NBA knows that’s a dangerous stress on players’ bodies yet still makes these ridiculous schedules, they have no right to stop Pop from protecting his players.

  • spit hot fiyah

    slam is killing the paragraph game

  • Slick Ric

    Starting not to like Pop, he could of rested their asses on some below average team. Every team has to go through stretches like that, the NBA isnt punishing them. FOH

  • i_ball

    Most teams have a younger core. The next game they have is against OKC so I think Pop wants his team ready and rested for it

  • Wilt Chamberlain

    LOL, Popovich doesn’t care whether you like him or not. He’s gonna do what’s best for the Spurs. FOH

  • Slick Ric

    LMAO…Just like I don’t care about your opinion. FOH Clown.

  • Wilt Chamberlain

    You cared enough to reply, dumbass. If you don’t care then don’t reply back.

  • Slick Ric

    ……..

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