By now, all of you know San Antonio tanked a game tonight against the Miami Heat. The Spurs sent home Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Danny Green. They left their bench with guys like Tiago Splitter, DeJuan Blair and others to suffer abuse at the hands of LB James, D Wade and whatever hangers-on-for-a-title-run Miami has acquired.
Commissioner Stern was irate. He says there will be “substantial sanctions” against the Spurs for tanking tonight’s game. I suspect Stern is the only one who can get involved in game-fixing.
BSP says, it’s a stroke of genius.
First, we know Popovich doesn’t give a damn about Commissioner Stern. No one’s going to tell him how to run his team.
Second, it’s a way of keeping your team’s psyche intact. If San Antonio goes to Miami and gets hammered with your stars in the game, doubt creeps in as to whether they can beat the Heat. If the Spurs face Miami down the road, they don’t have a November @$$ kicking to remember. The league had to figure this when they made the schedule: San Antonio, starting in Toronto ends up in Miami, four games in five nights. They set San Antonio to take an @$$ beating in front of the league favorite super-douches. San Antonio chose not to participate, because ultimately this game is meaningless.
Chuck Barkley? I forgot about him in the post. Oh yeah, he was making fun of San Antonio again. Actually, he was quite complimentary, but he did mention the women here are a little large.