Coaches side with Gregg Popovich in rift with David Stern

By John Rohde Published: December 1, 2012
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photo - San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, left, argues a call during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ORG XMIT: TXEG103
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, left, argues a call during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ORG XMIT: TXEG103

TWEETABLE

Kelly Dwyer (@KDonhoops): “I'd like to thank David Stern for ensuring that cats + dogs will never co-mingle and preventing rampant public copulation in the high street.”

Marc Stein (@ESPNSTEINLINE): “Steep as a $250,000 fine sounds for Spurs, they surely feared sanctions more ‘substantial,' like making Pop sit for a game.”

Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT): “FWIW, responses I've seen so far on twitter are 100 percent against Stern and for the Spurs.”

Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN): “Honest question: Next time a coach wants to rest players, what is the protocol that would satisfy NBA?”

Shaun Powell (@Powell2daPeople): “Meanwhile, Donald Sterling has escaped major sanctions for the 31st year ...”

Chris Palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer): “Be careful. You wouldn't like Gregg Popovich when he's angry.”

Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla): “Thank goodness Stan Van Gundy wasn't coaching the Spurs.”

Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI): “Now, whenever the NBA suspects a team is tanking, they have to fine them. Have to. Tanking is worse than what Pop did.”

Rick Bonnel (@rick_bonnell): “I'm told one of the things that made the Spurs thing a big deal to the league was a pattern of sitting players mostly for road games.”

Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper): “No penalty for Popovich. Clearly, Stern understands that chastising him for not being more forthcoming with the media is hit enough for Pop.”

Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel): “Stern was going to fine the Wizards 250K for their starting five tonight until he realized that was their starting five.”

Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell): “Can you imagine how awkward it would have been if David Stern fined the Spurs $250K and they won the game?”

David Robinson (@DavidtheAdmiral): “Our @spurs have a brutal road schedule & Pop is a master at keeping guys fresh throughout the season. Us older folks need rest #smartPop”

QUOTABLE

League MVP LeBron James on Popovich's decision to sit four starters against the Heat: “I don't think Pop was in the wrong. It's not in the rules to tell you you can't send your guys home. The commish made his decision and everybody else will deal with it.”