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.”



  1. BlackestNight63

    11/29/2012 at 8:44 PM

    In Pop We Trust.

  2. Stern=TheDevil

    12/01/2012 at 5:24 AM

    Pop took a stand against this obvious bias against the Spurs. Heat had 4 days rest to prepare for the Spurs and only played one game in over a week and a half. While the Spurs had the worse schedule in the NBA. 11 road games in 17 games. 4 games in 5 nights. He finds it fair to give the Spurs this cruel schedule and then have them face the Heat in Miami after they had practically a week off but to rest his old players (Duncan and Manu are 34 and 36) before having to play yet another game on Saturday against the #1 Grizzlies is somehow punishable?!? Let the best coach in basketball coach his team and you worry about dictating the NBA. Pop hasn’t missed playoffs in 15 years and won 50+ each of the last 13 seasons with 4 rings and 2 coach of the year awards. And to make Stern looks even more foolish the Spurs actually led the entire game and almost won without SIX (6) of their top players. Stern your time as commish is over. Go away and shut your mouth.

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