Gregg Popovich on Resting Stars: 'I've Done It Before, and I'll Do It Again'

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Gregg Popovich on Resting Stars: 'I've Done It Before, and I'll Do It Again'
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It's been just over a month since San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich decided, mere hours before a marquee nationally televised matchup with the defending NBA champion Miami Heat, to send four of his top five players back to Texas so that they could rest up after a long road trip rather than suit up to entertain TNT-watching audiences. You remember what happened next: David Stern got super mad, the Spurs reserves played great and would've won if not for Jesus Shuttlesworth, we all got an awesome game to watch with (in all likelihood) way more interest than there would've been previously, and yet still the commish slapped the Spurs with an unprecedented $250,000 fine for doing "a disservice to the league and our fans." (It was a whole big thing...)

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