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Gregg Popovich Trolls NBA With Comment About Heat

Suck on that, Stern.



Two things can look the same yet be completely different.

When LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers each sat out of the Miami Heat’s Sunday matchup against the San Antonio Spurs, it was an obvious parallel to the Spurs’ punished decision to rest their core of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green before a marquee prime-time matchup in late November.

But while it’s an amusing circumstance—the same offense coming in the same matchup but from the opposing side—it actually only offers further proof that the league's original decision to discipline the Spurs was absurd and without forethought.

When Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sent his team leaders home rather than playing them on the tail end of a rough six-game road trip on Nov. 29, NBA commissioner David Stern was so ticked he fined the organization $250,000 for its "disservice" to the league and fans.

But there was never further explanation regarding how similar decisions would be handled in the future. So Sunday's situation was inevitable.

When the Heat sat James (hamstring), Wade (ankle) and Chalmers (ankle) Sunday night, coach Erik Spoelstra dismissed the notion that such action was a counter to Popovich.

"I could see how you guys can draw that conclusion, but no," Spoelstra said, according to Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.com.

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