It may be championship weekend for college football and it may be the stretch run in the NFL, but the NBA is making some headlines, too.
Let's take a look at some of the latest ramblings from around the Association.
David Stern doesn't mind resting players unless discretion is violated
According to Jeff Zillgitt of the USA Today, David Stern doesn't have a problem with resting players but discretion must be used. Zillgitt said this:
"Stern said then that resting healthy players is "sole discretion of the team … unless that discretion is abused."
Here is more from Stern, according to Zillgitt:
“And we also had what I would call a spirited discussion on the subject of players being rested down the stretch. And I think it’s fair to say that there was no conclusion reached, other than a number of teams thought that it should be at the sole discretion of the team, coach, general manager, and I think it’s fair to say that I agree with that, unless that discretion is abused."
Players should at least be on the sidelines, but I think this is just another example of how commissioners have way too much control. If the coach thinks this will benefit his team, he shouldn't be scorned for doing the action.
Whose discretion should be the most important? The coach who is with the players on a daily basis or the commissioner who watches from afar?
Let the coaches coach how they want.
Gregg Popovich won't receive separate punishment for resting his players
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, there will be no more action taken to Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich for resting his players against the Miami Heat:
There will not be any separate fine or suspension levied to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, league source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo)
Daniel Gibson wants to stay in Cleveland to break records
Cleveland Cavaliers' three-point specialist Daniel Gibson wants to stay in Cleveland to break records, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
After mentioning how thrilled he was to be moving up the three-point shooting history of the franchise, Gibson said this:
“That’s going to take another contract with more years,” Gibson said with a chuckle Friday. “But I’m game. I would love to be here for my entire time and then see where I finish up.”
Gibson is in the final year of his contract. He is averaging 9.1 points this season.
Kobe Bryant calls out the Lakers' toughness
Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant ranted about the team's toughness.
"He was in an angry mood at Thursday's practice, calling out his teammates for not being tough enough in games, the Times has learned," said Bresnahan.
Here is how Bresnahan described the rant:
"It wasn't a long rant, maybe half a minute, but he left practice in a hurry, stalking off the court toward the end of it, irritated that the first team had lost to the reserves several times. He knocked some items off a table at midcourt on his way to the locker room and did not talk to reporters who were let in after his outburst."
The Lakers responded to Bryant's rant with a 122-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.
Anderson Varejao isn't campaigning to get out of Cleveland
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Anderson Varejao hasn't been asking out of Cleveland despite hearing numerous reports about the Cavaliers possibly shipping the Brazilian.
"Varejao certainly hasn't been campaigning for a trade and has established an undeniable on-court connection with franchise Cavs guard Kyrie Irving. Considering that Varejao also earns a very reasonable $8.4 million this season at age 30, with one full season at $9.1 million and a $9.8 million team option in 2014-15 left on his contract, it's worth asking: Why would Cleveland ever want to trade him?"
Varejao is averaging 15 points and 15 rebounds per game this season.