Let me be blunt: the NBA has no business demanding teams set their rosters as David Stern sees fit.
Every fan (and I say this because David Stern claims to have acted in the fans’ name when he fined the Spurs because Coach Greg Popovich rested his older star players instead of flying them to Miami to play the Heat) understand he was acting to preserve his stars for the playoffs. The league itself acknowledged this last year when the Spurs did the same thing in Utah.
Stern may have said it was about the fans, but the $250,000 fine actually turned Spurs fans into second class citizens. It was a terrible decision, and sends an awful, anti-competitive message.
Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal