Miami Heat “rest” LeBron & Wade vs Spurs. Will Stern fine them like he fined the Spurs?
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Back in December David Stern fined the San Antonio Spurs a quarter of a million dollars because they “did a disservice to the league and our fans” by “resting” Tim Duncan, Tony Park, Manu and Danny Green against the Miami Heat. Some fans might of agreed with Stern but most players came to Popovich’s defense including former Spurs player and current TV analyst Steve Kerr who said “If the NBA punishes the Spurs for sitting players, it opens up a huge can of worms.” “This is a serious legal challenge for the league.”
In what only seems like something that could be scripted, the can of worms is about to bust with the same two teams involved but this time it’s the Heat that are “resting” their star players. On Sunday’s game between San Antonio and Miami which is being shown on NBATV, “injured” LeBron James (hamstring), Dwyane Wade (ankle) and Mario Chalmers (ankle) are expected to sit against Duncan, Parker, Manu and the Spurs.
The big question is not who wins this game but if David Stern will fine the Heat? Most people should say the Heat are justified in resting their players because of injuries or just wear and tear but the retort will be would LeBron and Wade be resting if the streak was still on?
The follow up reply to Stern should be would either team be fined if it wasn’t a highly marketed game between two popular franchises on TV?
Also keep in mind that the Heat did report the injuries hours before the game and the Spurs announced their roster moves like an April Fools Joke.