Spurs fans back Coach Pop's decision

Tim, Tony, Manu, Danny Green sit out Thursday game against Miami


SAN ANTONIO - It's no secret San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich dislikes attention on himself and his team.

But after sending home his three stars -- Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker -- and guard Danny Green Thursday night, instead of playing them against the NBA champions the Miami Heat, the attention of San Antonio and the nation is on him.

The move was controversial, drawing fierce opinions from analysts and fans alike.

Local Spurs fans, however, were nearly unanimous in support of the move.

“At first, I was kind of shocked, but I understand why he did it,” said Ann-Marie Howerton.

“I am for what Pop did," said Anthony Bishop.

Most fans said they know exactly what Coach Popovich was up to.

"He ... is just going to save his players for the long stretch," said Roy Hernandez.

Bishop was asked if he missed seeing the Big Three play against the heat. 

“Sure I did, and I am sure some of the fans there missed seeing them as well, and I see that (but) you do what’s best for your team," he said.

NBA Commissioner David Stern was not happy about Popovich sending the four players home. He immediately threatened sanctions, something the fans disagreed with.

“(Popovich) should be able to play who he wants to play when he wants to play them,” said Howerton.

It was not only Spurs fans in San Antonio who had an opinion -- it was the talk on national sports talk radio shows.

"Popovich is loved by his players for doing stuff just like this," said Colin Cowherd, the host of “The Herd’ on ESPN Radio.

"It's Pop’s team. He can do what he wants to do," said Scott Van Pelt, also of ESPN Radio.

Nationally syndicated sports talk show host Jim Rome also discussed the move by Pop.

"I side completely with him on this one," said Rome.


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