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Gregg Popovich on Resting Players: ‘It’s Complicated…Like Health Care’
If you haven’t noticed by now, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich loves to speak out against President Donald Trump whenever he gets the opportunity.
Along with who will be this year’s MVP, the topic of resting players has been a hot issue button issue in the NBA as of late. Two back-to-back nationally televised games involving the Spurs, Warriors, and Cavaliers saw multiple big time players on the bench to rest. It came to a point where Commissioner Adam Silver reportedly sent a memo to team owners, warning them that teams are in danger of facing “significant penalties” if they don’t provide adequate notice that they intend to rest their players.
Cavs star LeBron James has caught more heat than anyone for resting. When asked about it, he brought up the fact that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been doing this for years, and everyone thought it was genius.
Popovich recently talked to ESPN in length about resting players, Silver’s warning, and the notion that teams should only rest players if it’s a home game. He also took a subtle shot at President Trump’s ACHA Bill that did not pass on Friday.
“The one comment that I’ve heard that makes a lot of sense, is that if you’re gonna rest somebody, if you can do it at home, then you should. Like, we’re resting Danny Green tonight,” Popovich said. “Danny Green is not LeBron James, but if we rested Kawhi [Leonard], if there’s a way we could do it at home, that seems like a logical thing to me; a reasonable thing that a coach or GM should think about, rather [than] that one time somebody’s gonna watch him play someplace else, if you can do it. Sometimes the schedule dictates differently. But that makes sense to me. So I think there can be areas like that where we come together and try to make everybody happy. But that’s why no basic rule has been written, so to speak. Because you can’t write a rule that covers everything. It’s complicated … kind of like health care.”