NBA commissioner David Stern: Take back fine on S.A. Spurs & apologize for interfering in team decisions.
  • Petitioned David J .Stern

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Commissioner of the National Basketball Association
David J .Stern

NBA commissioner David Stern: Take back fine on S.A. Spurs & apologize for interfering in team decisions.

    1. Drake Castaneda
    2. Petition by

      Drake Castaneda

      Tampa, FL

Mr. Stern, as an avid fan of the National Basketball Association I was incredibly disgusted by your decision to intervene with the lineup decision for the San Antonio Spurs against the Miami heat on November 29th, 2012. It is the job of an NBA coach and each organization to run the team the way they see fit and should not have to set a lineup to your viewing preference. You claimed that "the Spurs did a disservice to the league and it's fans" by making this decision, but it is a much bigger disservice to the league and an insult as well when you choose to intervene and fix the games' lineups and punish organizations for making their own decisions about what is best for their players. It is disrespectful to the Spurs players who played very hard in a great game in which they almost beat the defending champions, and disrespectful to the fans by dictating NBA lineups, and setting up games to your choosing as if you speak for all fans of the league. This is a gross over-stepping of your bounds if you have an intention of preserving any integrity of the National Basketball Association. Although you spoke for me publicly as a fan of the NBA, I found that there was nothing more interesting than watching a group of largely unknown younger backup players band together and hang with the best in the league in a very tight game, however myself, along with many other NBA fans will begin to take much less interest in the sport if you are going to undermine the jobs of coaches and upper level staff by making the final say on behalf of NBA organizations in their day-to-day decisions.

To:
David J .Stern, Commissioner of the National Basketball Association
Take back fine on S.A. Spurs & apologize for interfering in team decisions.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      Drake Castaneda
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you very much for signing to send a message to NBA Commissioner Stern that you are against his decision to fine the Spurs over their own lineup decision! This sends the wrong message to every NBA team, as well as the fans, and it's a slippery slope to be headed towards. However, as we stand, we will get nearly no attention from the league office with the amount of support we currently have and this will all be in vain. If you are able to, PLEASE share this with your friends, family, on your social networking sites, blogs, posts, etc. and get the word out so that we can all be proud to stand up for preserving the integrity of the NBA and to send a message to commissioners of every sport that we don't want them to feel that they can take similar actions in their league. Let's help save the NBA before it's gotten too far and it's too late!

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    • LINDA SANCHEZ SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      becasue they had won the game but bc of the cheating they lost you need to look at the video and picture

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    • Binh Nguyen NORWALK, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The move by San Antonio was either against the rules or not. If an organization isn't breaking the rules, then that means they are following the rules. Are we going to start implementing fines against organizations that are following the rules? Oh wait, you already have.

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    • D. Sturn B HILLS, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I'm soon going to be a 'former NBA fan'...

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    • Thomas Tarkington DALLAS, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a fan of the NBA, I think that it is a team decision on who to play, when they play and how long they play during a game. If the best coach in the nba (and one of the greats of all time) can't make those decisions, then what hope do the other coaches have?

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    • Martha Watson SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      The Crookmissioner were way overboard on this one. I'm TIRED of him going after decent teams like our Spurs.

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