The Miami Heat just proved that you can indeed rest your players and not get fined

lebron-james-dwyane-wadeBack in November, David Stern got his panties in a bunch because Gregg Popovich decided to run his team the way he wants to them run. And by that we mean that he sent Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green back to San Antonio prior to their nationally televised showdown with the Miami Heat to rest.

Stern decided as punishment for Popovich doing what he felt best for his team, the Spurs needed to be fined $250,000.

Fast forward four months later and we get to Sunday’s game between those same two teams and this time, it’s the Heat resting LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers. But unlike the Spurs, Miami’s trio were actually at the game and informed the league that James, Wade, and Chalmers were all out with “injuries”.

But let’s be honest, Eric Spoelstra just decided to give his trio of players some rest. And he picked a game that, since the streak has ended, no one cared about. Just like Popovich did in a November game that really didn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things.

So will Miami be forced to shell out $250,000 like the Spurs did in November? According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the answer is no.

So resting your players is doable in the NBA, you just have to do it the right way. Or in layman’s terms, you can’t rest your players for nationally televised games that everyone will want to watch.

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