Originally posted by AmpLee:
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Originally posted by AmpLee:
Originally posted by crzy:
I don't understand why David Stern gets so much hate when he does things like this which are obviously in the best interest of the NBA long-term.
The NBA can't allow teams to just blatantly tank games when they're charging people who mostly come only for the star players.
The punishment wasn't too lenient or harsh, and it send a clear message to the Spurs and the rest of the NBA. "If you're gonna tank a game , then do it subtedly, and don't be so damn blatant about it"
Obviously the long-term solution should be to shorten the damn NBA schedule....it's way too f**king long.
I totally disagree. Pop is allowed to run his team the way he sees fit. If he wants to give run to his bench guys for whatever reason, be it to rest his starters or to see what he's got in terms of bench players in prime time, then he should be allowed to. This isn't a team trying to tank for a draft spot, this is a contender trying to win a title. So what if fans want to see a different product? Ultimately the goal is to win a championship, at least it should be. Stern's decision is more about him asserting his massive ego into an area it doesn't belong.
Stern's job is to make more money for the owners and grow the game. When you pull your starters, not just old guys - but 30 year old and 25 year old starters, it does make the game less attractive to a casual fan. Also, networks may want to put a clause in future contracts if this type of action is taken by the coaches frequently - that they'd like their money back for the particular game.
Now, luckily the game was close - because Heat didn't take the game seriously. Had they played an average team who had something to prove, they'd get blown out.
If Pop is doing what is best for his team, I feel Stern did what is best for the owners. I can't stand Stern - but he is doing his job.
How can you question a guy like Pop? This guy has been the best coach in the game, or at least the second best coach, for over a decade. He put in a team that nearly beat your squad. And you are pointing out a "young" guy like Parker is sitting? Exsqueeze me baking soda, but Parker has a ton of mileage and has been oft injured in his career because of it. Pop should be able to run his team the way he sees fit and should only be at the mercy of the owner of the team if he can't produce a championship caliber team. I love the double standard of the NBA suspending stars for techs then turning around and not letting a coach do what he feels is beneficial to his teams success. Sorry, but you are wrong on this if you take Stern's side.
This is November - not March. Players can easily play 4-5 games in 1 week stretch. Parker is 30 and has missed about 10-12 games in the last two seasons. Danny Green is 25!
And, nearly beating a squad is still a loss.
These are teams Spurs played before playing Miami on 29th Nov:
28th Nov - Orlando
26th Nov - Washington
25th Nov - Toronto
He could have easily rested one of his 3 stars in each of those games and still get W's. Surely, with amazing bench that nearly beat Heat, Spurs could beat 5-win Magic, 1-win Wizards, and 4-win Raptors...along with 2 of their 3 stars.
I consider Pop to be the best coach of last 20 years, but that doesn't mean one can't question him. Nor does it mean I know more than him. Belichik made his mistakes, but just because he won 3 championships in 4 years - does that mean he can't be criticized?
I can't stand Stern...but in this case, he did the right thing. In fact, I've to say - he didn't go far enough. Rather than punishing the owner, he should have punished Pop.
[ Edited by 49ersMyLife on Dec 1, 2012 at 23:19:12 ]