DALLAS — A little more than a month after Gregg Popovich’s infamous decision to rest four healthy players for a nationally televised game at Miami, the Spurs coach says he still has no idea how the NBA would like him to handle the situation when it arises again.
The move to send Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green home before the Nov. 29 game earned the Spurs an unprecedented $250,000 fine from commissioner David Stern.
Popovich said that’s the last word he’s heard from the league office on the issue.
“I don’t know what the guidelines are,” Popovich said before the Spurs’ 111-86 victory at Dallas on Sunday. “I don’t know how you plan. I’m just going to do what I’ve been doing for 16, 17 years.
“I’m mostly concerned with the health and safety of my players, especially the ones who are a little bit older. When they need rest, I’m going to give it to them.”
With the Spurs one game into another four-games-in-five-nights set, ending with a high-profile outing Thursday in New York, the issue could rise to the forefront again.
“If you’re playing four games in five nights and you need to rest somebody, I think that’s a call that I’ll make if I need to do that,” Popovich said. “I’ve done it before, and I’ll do it again, I’m sure.”
Popp has gone from being just a great coach to legend status....
is the best coach in the NBa... he does whtatsin the best interest for his team.. Screw David stern...
I love greg popovich, he does what he thinks is in the best interest of his team and could care less what anybody else thinks. I also love watching the spurs, they move the ball so well and play a solid fundamental game. The way in which the spurs have been built is great, they find players, a lot from out of nowhere like gary neal, ginobli, green and then they put those players in roles that they can be successful in.