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