San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich left the door open to potentially appealing the $250,000 fine for his decision to sit star players on Thursday, and he acknowledged his disappointment in the NBA’s choice.
In a marquee matchup against the Miami Heat on national television Thursday, Popovich sent home starters Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green. Commissioner David Stern then vowed “substantial sanctions” would come and gave out the hefty fine on Friday.
"What I do from my perspective is from a coaching perspective," Popovich said before Saturday’s game. "And I think the league operates from a business perspective. And I think that's reflective in the action that they took."
When asked if he could make a similar move again this season, Popovich stated: "I don't have a crystal ball."