DALLAS – What does Rick Carlisle think of NBA commissioner David Stern’s vow to hit the San Antonio Spurs with “substantial sanctions” for resting several key players during Thursday night’s loss to the Miami Heat.
Carlisle’s initial reaction when asked about the controversy was to distance himself from the situation.
“I’m not going to get into it because it’s not my business and I’ve got other, more important things to concentrate on,” Carlisle said.
However, after thinking it through, Carlisle weighed in on the issue with a thoughtful, carefully worded take.
“As President of the NBA Coaches Association, I am always going to work hard to protect coaches and decisions coaches make to protect their teams,” Carlisle wrote in a text message. “The NBA will undoubtedly examine all the facts before making any decision on this matter. The fact that San Antonio played such a great game and were in position to win with their depth is extremely impressive.”
With the Spurs in a stretch of four games in five nights, coach Gregg Popovich sent stars Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker along with key role player Danny Green home on a commercial flight Thursday to allow them to rest for Saturday's game against the West-leading Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs lost to the Heat, 105-100, in a game that was in doubt during the final minute.