The dust has settled on the San Antonio Spurs fine for sending 4 starters home without telling the league.
An owner from a team has stepped in to offer his opinion, and you’d be shocked who’s coming to David Stern’s rescue.
ESPN Dallas is reporting that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban agrees with Sterns $225,000 of the Spurs, and actually thinks it should have been more.
“Look, I respect the Spurs,” said Cuban before the Mavericks beat the Pistons 92-77 on Saturday night. “Pop is the best coach in the league. I understand why he did it. I might even take the fine if it was us, but I understand why the league (fined the Spurs). It maybe should have even been higher, because the amount at stake is enormous.”
“We’re still a business,” said Cuban, whose fine totals from his 13-year ownership tenure are well into seven figures. “Resting the stars for the long haul one game earlier, one game later, sure. Resting when you’ve got our biggest customer at stake, that’s a whole different animal.
“I’m not saying the Mavs wouldn’t have done the same thing, but I realize that it’d be a fineable offense. And if it was me, it’d probably be 10 times as much.”
Cuban did argue the sentiment for the Spurs regarding the fact that they were playing their 4 game in 5 nights and in a nationally televised game also.
“It’s just as stupid to put a team in their fourth game in five nights on national television,” Cuban said. “That’s just as dumb. You’re not going to get as good of a performance, and that’s what you want to show.
“So I guess you can make the counter-argument that even though the Spurs did what they did, the league was just as guilty for putting them in that position, which was pretty stupid.”