We have a special affinity here for those who stand up to authority, and this week that affinity translates into a new hombre at the top of our MVP rankings.
And this despite the fact that our new No. 1 spent Thursday night in San Antonio while his
team donut fetchers were playing their asses off in Miami, only to blow the game in the final 3 minutes (giving credence to the argument that it helps to have your best players available at crunch time).
A majority of folks around the NBA have come out in support of coach Gregg Popovich for sending Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Danny Green back to San Antonio instead of bringing them to Miami for the nationally televised game against the Miami Heat, which was tight for 48 minutes despite the absence of star power from the visitors.
All seem to be of the same opinion: The coach of the San Antonio Spurs gets to determine who plays for the San Antonio Spurs. And it is up to Gregg Popovich, not David Stern, to decide what is best for the San Antonio Spurs.
And as for those “substantial sanctions?”
A 250K fine is a slap on the wrist. Way to back off, Easy Dave. Was the right thing to do, so kudos to you.
Sometimes, you need to stand up to the commish and hold your ground, and he’ll eventually back off or back down. Video evidence below, if you’ll pardon the self-promotion.
The extra rest paid of Saturday night when the Spurs defeated the Grizzlies with the help of an egregious non-call in the final seconds of the game. (This one wasn’t merely a blown 24-second call; it was more like a blown 26-second call). It gave San Antonio a victory in a game that could have huge tiebreaker ramifications at the end of the regular season.
So as the new week begins, we will put the light suspension of Rajon Rondo, the blown non-call in San Antonio and all of the rest of last week’s shenanigans behind us — but not without letting them impact these rankings, which are done for fun and to foster debate — y nada mas.
Here they are …