San Antonio Spurs $250,000 fine: Spurs fined by NBA for sending players homeBy Alex Jusi Madlangbayan on Dec 1, 2012 in Basketball, Sports •
The San Antonio Spurs was fined $250,000 by the NBA for sending home four of its top players before their game against the Miami Heat on Thursday, November 29, 2012, according to a report at NBA.com.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich decided to rest several players that include Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green.
San Antonio lost a close game against the Miami, 100-105.
In a statement, the NBA clarified that the fine was based on a violation of a league policy, “reviewed with the NBA Board of Governors in April 2010, against resting players in a manner contrary to the best interests of the NBA.”
Before the Spurs-Heat game, NBA Commissioner David Stern expressed his displeasure on Popovich‘s decision on Thursday night and promised to give “substantial sanctions.” Below is Stern‘s issued statement.
The result here is dictated by the totality of the facts in this case. The Spurs decided to make four of their top players unavailable for an early-season game that was the team’s only regular-season visit to Miami. The team also did this without informing the Heat, the media, or the league office in a timely way. Under these circumstances, I have concluded that the Spurs did a disservice to the league and our fans.
Sports analysts expected the hefty fine because they know that the league wants to send a message to all NBA teams that such actions will not be tolerated.
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