“I’ll snap your neck bro”
MIAMI – The NBA’s most powerful man and its most respected and iron-willed coach plunged into an unexpected battle of wills Thursday over a basic tenet: A coach can decide what is best for his team. San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich sent stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, plus key role player Danny Green, on a commercial flight home instead of playing them in a nationally televised game against the Miami Heat so they could rest ahead of the Spurs’ Saturday home game against the league-leading Memphis Grizzlies. NBA commissioner David Stern issued a statement before the game started apologizing to fans and saying, “This was an unacceptable decision by the San Antonio Spurs and substantial sanctions will be forthcoming.” After the game, Popovich was informed of Stern’s statement and declined to comment. “I would never react to something I don’t know about or haven’t read or heard,” he said. The Heat won 105-100, needing a 3-pointer from Ray Allen with 22.3 seconds left for the winning points.
Do you guys realize we’re in the perfect storm right now? David Stern is so drunk with power it’s incredible. He’s already told the world he’s stepping down in February of 2014. He has no reason to make nice with anyone. He doesn’t have to explain himself. He’s on absolute cruise control. I mean could you imagine what you would do if you told your boss you were done in 2 weeks? Now take that hypothetical, make yourself the boss and every NBA player and coach your servant and that’s what is happening right now. Sanctioning a team for resting players? That’s fucking insane. He’s telling coaches how to coach their team. That’s what it boils down to, and I absolutely love it.
I want more. I want crazy sanctions and rules and absolute nonsense. If David Stern is going to be a tyrant I want him to go all the way. Fine Lebron for that annoying commercial he made where people pretend to actually like him. Suspend D-Wade for those skinny jeans he wore a few weeks ago. Send Kobe to jail for “allegedly” raping that chick and paying her off. Make Zach Randolph and Kendrick Perkins have a bare knuckle brawl. Make Kevin Durant play with his shirt off so the whole world can realize he actually looks like this…
If we’re going to get crazy, lets get fucking crazy David. Seriously, let’s fucking do this.
For anyone saying that this move by Pop sucked for the fans needs to realize that it was Miami. Any other city and maybe I’d feel even the smallest bit of sympathy. But Miami is the last city on planet earth that deserves sports. They don’t give a fuck. No one goes to their football games. No one goes to their baseball games and they needed to get Lebron, Wade, and Bosh for anyone to show up to their basketball games and half the time they don’t get there until the middle of the second quarter. Honestly, the day I feel bad for this guy, is the day I die.