Rooscooter wrote: grego wrote:
Stern - stop scheduling 4 games in 5 nights or 5 games in 7 nights!! It's such a long season with 82 games already!
This puts a strain on all bodies, especially older players. If Pop rests his guys now and they stay healthier through the season, then more fans get to see those players more often.
Kasumi wrote:I swear the Spurs never received this much attention during any of their championship runs... but sending home 4 players for a Miami Heat game? Fine 'em a quarter mill. Insane.
It's not like most of the viewing (mainstream) America cares to see Spurs. They watch the Heat, who get the ratings....
Why not rest them the game BEFORE the Nationally televised marquis game? This was a "protest move" by Pop and the Spurs more than anything else. They had choices and conspicuously chose this day and this game in that string.
Are you advocating that the schedule of the NBA be designed around a players ability to play 5 our of 7 days? We have an older team here that seems has never played well in those situations but I would never advocate for a schedule built around that fact....
You do know that Stern was the commissioner when the league stopped playing on 3 and 4 nights in a row don't you?
I don't really care for defending him at all but not nipping this in the bud could have ramifications for future TV contracts and that effects more than this year's older Spurs team.....
I didn't say things didn't improve before 3 and 4 nights. I never said the that the league is getting worse. There are ways to make things better and more entertaining. If I was in Vegas and the Spurs had the big 3 + Green, I'd still bet against them as they'd likely lose that game. I know the team well enough.
Now with respect to Pop and the Spurs, Pop has been doing this for the past few years. Both Kawhi and Jackson are out due to injury. Manu's been coming back from a bad back, looking like he's finally competing.
As for resting the day before, a win is a win. Pop is playing to best position his team. He went after the easier win. Also, Pop couldn't send the guys home and then make them fly out to re-join the team. In this scenario, he can send them home and they can rest up for a few days. He reduced the miles of flying for them.
I don't really care. Spurs don't care much either. But Pop's been doing this for the last few years. And he's done it against all types of opponents. That said, if this is going to become a standard then he should also go after other teams that do it especially to help their draft positioning.
Either way, all Spurs fans will be happier to see the team relatively healthy through most games rather than sitting out.
Also, I'd bet on it that Spurs don't really matter in TV contracts. Miami/Lakers/OKC/Clippers matter in those contracts much much more...