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Old 10-27-2012, 09:53 PM  
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Looks like James Harden has been To the Rockets for Jeremey Lamb, Kevin Martin and future picks. Plus... this is a general NBA thread.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:31 AM   #676
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:31 PM   #677
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“I got a letter from a gentleman who was disappointed because he came to the game with his cousin, they paid money and they wanted to see so-and-so and so-and-so. I wrote him back and I said, ‘If I was in your position, I would write the same letter. I agree with you totally. You’re right. But my priorities are different than yours.’ In the general sense, frankly, everything doesn’t go our way in life. Everything go your way every day? Sometimes things happen. That’s the way it goes.”
I don't see how anyone can argue with this. It's not Pops job to make fans happy with lineups. That's probably #59586 on his priorities list.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:40 PM   #678
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I don't see how anyone can argue with this. It's not Pops job to make fans happy with lineups. That's probably #59586 on his priorities list.
Easily argued with. This is what I would've written back.

Ok, so it's just tough luck for me that you're knowingly going to put out an inferior product and still expect me to support you later on? Thank you mr. hunt/coach popovich. You are correct sir, I am a fan, and thus I should go f*** myself.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:14 PM   #679
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Easily argued with. This is what I would've written back.

Ok, so it's just tough luck for me that you're knowingly going to put out an inferior product and still expect me to support you later on? Thank you mr. hunt/coach popovich. You are correct sir, I am a fan, and thus I should go f*** myself.
Perhaps the schedulers should do a better job. The Spurs had a shitty schedule and Pop dealt with it. Maybe if Stern wasn't so busy sucking la's, boston's, and miami's dicks then Pop wouldn't have had to do this so early in the season.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:16 PM   #680
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Easily argued with. This is what I would've written back.

Ok, so it's just tough luck for me that you're knowingly going to put out an inferior product and still expect me to support you later on? Thank you mr. hunt/coach popovich. You are correct sir, I am a fan, and thus I should go f*** myself.
You are a fan, and you should live with the gameday decisions that a hall of fame coach makes.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:32 PM   #681
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I agree with Pops decision. He knows his team better anyone. However, i see Sterns and the NBAs side of things as well. Pop should have probably not made it so obvious he was throwing the game. He should have had his players start, then pull them after a period or two. Actually the game turned out to be better and close than many expected.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:06 PM   #682
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:12 PM   #683
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Would they have gotten this fine if they won?
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:25 PM   #684
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Makes no ****ing sense at all and is based on no established precedent. David Stern is a jackass.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:44 PM   #685
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:48 PM   #686
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David Stern has drawn his line in the sand… we think. There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered about where that line is and what is and is not allowed.

But the NBA has brought the hammer down. A big hammer.

The NBA has fined the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 for sending Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green home and not having them available to play against the Miami Heat in a nationally televised game on Thursday night. Stern pretty much had no choice but to fine the Spurs after he came out before the game with a statement saying there would be “substantial sanctions” on the Spurs for their actions.

Here is Stern’s statement with the fine:

“The result here is dictated by the totality of the facts in this case. The Spurs decided to make four of their top players unavailable for an early-season game that was the team’s only regular-season visit to Miami. The team also did this without informing the Heat, the media, or the league office in a timely way. Under these circumstances, I have concluded that the Spurs did a disservice to the league and our fans.”

As for what rule the Spurs violated, here is what the league said in its release: “The Spurs’ actions were in violation of a league policy, reviewed with the NBA Board of Governors in April 2010, against resting players in a manner contrary to the best interests of the NBA.”


The large fine was aimed at the ownership group led by Peter Holt, clearly wanting them to be the heavies next time Gregg Popovich wants to rest his best players.

This move by Stern leaves a lot of questions going forward that the league should clarify with teams.

Can teams rest players later in the season as we get closer to the playoffs? Is this simply a matter of notification — if Popovich had said he was going to do this three days in advance could the Spurs have avoided the fine? Is the league now going to be into scrutinizing lineups, especially since you can be sure some teams will suddenly have players who have minor injuries that need a night off to rest?

This completely feels like David Stern sending the message to NBA coaches and teams not to mess with nationally televised games, the marquee games. Don’t go resting Kobe Bryant on Christmas, Mike D’Antoni.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:49 PM   #687
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Makes no ****ing sense at all and is based on no established precedent. David Stern is a jackass.
The jackass thing was to send four high profile players home all at once during a national game.

The networks pay good money for those superstars to play.

Four games in five nights? Sit one each game.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:51 PM   #688
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A better comparison would be sitting Kobe, pau, Dwight, AND Nash while all were healthy on Christmas day.

I don't think there would be any issue if any one of those guys had sat last night, it's all four that caused the problem
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Can't pop play whoever the **** he wants to play? It's his team. The team he had on the court was up on the heat in the final minutes. Should every team that loses to the heat be fined 250 grand?
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The jackass thing was to send four high profile players home all at once during a national game.

The networks pay good money for those superstars to play.

Four games in five nights? Sit one each game.
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Pop actually does this 2 or 3 times a season with the Spurs. It's nothing new. The problem was this time it was a nationally televised game between two powerhouses. If it had been a Monday night game against the Washington Wizards, nobody would have noticed or cared. I'll bet TNT bitched loudly to Stern and he was forced to act.
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