The San Antonio Spurs have been fined $250,000 for resting players in a manner that was contrary to the best interests of the NBA.
"The result here is dictated by the totality of the facts in this case," said David Stern. "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."
What Commissioner Stern may not realize, is that he may have just opened up Pandora’s Box. Since the fine, there have been many different opinions on whether Pop was right or Stern was right; in a clash of culture wars.
"Popovich has done this before and he knows what's best for his team," said Shaquille O’Neal. "It's his job to manage his players and do whatever he'd like. He's thinking about the big picture."
Former Spurs, Steve Kerr said, "If the NBA punishes the Spurs for sitting players, it opens up a huge can of worms," he wrote on Twitter. "This is a serious legal challenge for the league."
And former Spur and current coach Doc Rivers said, "I don't like it. It's a tough one. You've got to coach your team to win in the long run and you have to do whatever you need to do. If that's sitting players, you sit players."
The Spurs, however, have remained mum. In classy fashion, Coach Pop and the Spurs have not commented on whether the exorbitant fine that they received was justified or not. They'll just let everyone else do the talking for them.