Gregg Popovich Explains Controversial Decision To Rest Top 4 Players

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich made a controversial decision to send Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green back to San Antonio after Wednesday night’s win in Orlando instead of heading to Miami to take on the Heat Thursday in a nationally televised (TNT) game. Playing 4 games in 5 nights, and hosting the 11-2 Grizzlies Saturday, Popovich was just trying to do what he though was best for his team. But not everyone agrees with the decision, notably NBA commissioner, David Stern. Gregg Popovich explains his contentious decision to rest the Spurs’ top four players.

According to Spurs Nation:

“It’s the best thing for our team…Popovich said it would be “unwise” to play his 30-something stars at the end of such a trip, especially with a daunting home date with Memphis, a Southwest Division rival, looming upon the team’s return Saturday. Hence the decision to face the Heat with four of his top five scorers at home.

“We’ve done this before in hopes of making a wiser decision, rather than a popular decision…It’s pretty logical…I don’t think it was a tough decision at all. In fact, it was made when the schedule came out.”

“It has nothing to do with the Miami Heat, or TV, or anything…You deal with the schedule as best you can and do the wisest thing for your particular team.”

“If I was taking my 6-year-old son or daughter to the game, I’d want him or her to see everybody,” Popovich said. “So I understand that perspective.

“Hopefully, people in that position will understand my perspective. My priority is my basketball team and what’s best for it.”