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Was Gregg Popovich Inconsiderate Of Fans In Sitting Spurs Stars?
Published February 5, 2009
|Spurs' Decision To Sit Healthy Tony Parker (l)
Does Not Go Over Well With Fans In Denver
OUT OF LINE? ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser: “If I went to that game in Denver and I paid probably $300 for two seats, at least, and they gave me (Spurs G) Roger Mason Jr. … and I missed out on all the great talent, I’d be very upset because how many times am I going to go to a game?” He added, “If you’re David Stern, you have to care about the ticket-buyer. So strategically, (Popovich) may have done the right thing, but I’m not sure anybody in the league is happy” (“PTI,” ESPN, 2/4). FANHOUSE.com's Brett Pollakoff wrote, "What about the fans? What about all of those people that voted to have the game televised on NBATV?" (FANHOUSE.com, 2/4). ESPN’s J.A. Adande: “It’s disappointing to the fans in Denver who paid their money. (But) guess what? Gregg Popovich does not have to answer to the fans of Denver. He has to answer to his owner and his Spurs fans, and he’s doing what’s best for them.” Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan: “There’s no sympathy for the fans in Denver because anyone who buys a ticket in pro sports it’s ‘Caveat emptor.’ You take your chances” (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 2/4).
BAD PRECEDENT TO SET: In San Antonio, Buck Harvey writes the NBA should "hope others don't copy this, and so should Spurs fans." Maybe the Cavaliers for the February 27 road game against the Spurs should rest F LeBron James the "only night he's in San Antonio" this season. But Harvey writes, "How can the NBA lecture Popovich about hurting the product -- when the league hurts it more?" The NBA "can't fine a franchise for not playing certain players, especially after an inactive list replaced a system that once encouraged teams to invent phantom injuries" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 2/5).