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Popovich angers Stern by resting Spurs' stars, but it's the right callI love a good ethical dilemma, and Gregg Popovich gave us a great one Thursday night. He benched four of his top players -- Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Danny Green -- for a national TV game against the Miami Heat.
Popovich has benched Duncan numerous times before, because while they may build a statue of Duncan one day, they don't want him to play like one in May. But Parker is 30. Green is 25. What kind of a world is this when a 25-year-old professional basketball player needs rest? Go tell the guys on the 5 a.m. shift at the nearest assembly line that Green needed to rest.
Before the opening tip, this looked like an unofficial forfeit -- giving up one game to improve your chances of winning the next.
It seemed to go against the one fundamental principle we hold for all our sports: Everybody must try.
But did it?
Or was Popovich not only within his rights, but simply right?
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Not quite the trolley problem . . .
but still a good dilemma.