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Yesterday, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich had Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Danny Green and Manu Ginobli take a flight home instead of facing the Miami Heat in a game that was viewed nationwide on TNT.
Popovich is known as one of the best coaches in the NBA. Most of his core players are veterans, so in order to do what’s best for his team, at times he will sit them. Prior to this game the Heat had rested four days after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Spurs on the other hand are coming off of a series of road games. Strategically thinking, most people don’t feel like Popovich was wrong.
In an interview with ESPN the Heat's LeBron James said, “I don’t think Pop (Gregg Popovich) was in the wrong; it’s not in the rules to tell you you can’t send your guys home. The commish made his decision and everybody else will deal with it.”
According to Yahoo! Sports, NBA Commissioner David Stern released a statement before the game started, which included an apology to the fans.
"This was an unacceptable decision by the San Antonio Spurs and substantial sanctions will be forthcoming," he added.