Posted November 29, 2012

Four Spurs stars sent home to rest, will miss nationally televised Heat game

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Thursday night’s marquee nationally televised Spurs-Heat game will be lacking much of San Antonio’s star power, possibly because Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wants to send a message to NBA commissioner David Stern.

Popovich has sent four of his top five leading scorers home to San Antonio. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green did not travel with the team following Wednesday night’s win in Orlando. The quartet will get an extra day of rest prior to Saturday’s home game against Southwest Division contender Memphis.

Popovich bemoaned the most demanding November road schedule in team history prior to the Orlando game.

“We’re getting tired,” Popovich said. “We’ve had a six-day trip and a 10-day trip. Usually you don’t have that in one month.”

Less than 24 hours later, the ripples of Popovich’s decision will be felt all the way to the offices — and ratings book — of TNT and the NBA.

The absence of Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Green means the Spurs — who are already missing injured small forward Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson — will tip off against the defending NBA champions with nine players.


4 comments
Edal1965
Edal1965

Pop screws this up.  The paying public deserves even just 1 of their stars to show tonight against the Heat.  You're paying good money to watch the game and Popovich decided to let go of his top prized cagers back home to prepare against the Grizzlies. They are actually missing 6 players now and with 9 players suiting for tonight's game, it does not look like and NBA game for us.  He could have let Parker play and instead of sending home Duncan and Ginobili, he should have ordered these players to remain in Miami and just watch the game.  Pathetic!

DoinkPhillips
DoinkPhillips

Pop is a great coach and a sensible guy.

 

He doesn't like the way the NBA champs call themselves "World Champions" either.  For the obvious reason.

 

This is a major slap in the face to Stern, who deserves it.

Rocket Dog
Rocket Dog

This game might not turn out to be that exciting but there is a chance it could be close

Cherrie
Cherrie like.author.displayName 1 Like

You can do whatever you want for the good of your team, Greg Pop; you are a SUPERCOACH.