NBA fines San Antonio Spurs $250,000
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
NBA Commissioner David Stern promised substantial sanctions for the San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s decision to send home four players instead of playing them against the Miami Heat on Thursday.
Friday, the NBA fined the Spurs $250,000 for sending home forward Tim Duncan, guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and guard-forward Danny Green instead of playing them against the Heat on TNT’s nationally televised game.
In a statement, the NBA said the Spurs’ action violated league policy “against resting players in manner contrary to the best interests of the NBA.”
In the statement, Stern said, “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.”