Rooscooter wrote:Can you imagine what a guy like Kobe would be thinking if he got sent home because he was tired?
Flip side to this - Imagine a Kobe that wasn't so worn down by the end of the season? Also, think of the trust that Pop and the starters have in the bench players that they will send them alone to a marquee game in Miami. Pop is one of the best for developing young talent in part because he puts them in situations that force them to learn.
I understand that point of view but I seriously don't think Kobe's pride, drive or immense sense of competitiveness would be conducive to sitting because we've played 3 in 5 nights. That isn't who he is.... and who he is is the reason he's had the success he's had.
Kobe has indicated that he has no real desire to "hang on" if you read between the lines of some of his comments about getting older.
I actually think if you sat Kobe because he was tired against a team like Miami in a nationally televised game he'd come out in the following game and expend any and all of the energy saved by "resting him".
As I said before it seems to be a urination match between Pop and Stern that has had many episodes over the years and that the top 3 Players of SA seemed to be O.K. being a part of..... I truly don't think this had anything to do with "rest" in November. Pop doesn't like the schedule he got and was trying to make a point. SA's schedule is always one of the harder ones in the NBA but it isn't because of the NBA.... their Arena hosts a Rodeo every year that makes scheduling their games about the most difficult in the league..... maybe he needs to re-direct his focus.