He lost the room.
Had Stern used discretion and waited to comment after the game, I doubt we would have seen such a "severe sanction". With egg now on his face and unwilling to retract his premature apology, Stern put himself in the undesirable position of having to leverage a face-saving hefty fine to the opposition of the entire NBA community: coaches, players, analysts, and fans alike.
Stern's apology was an effort to show that he answers to the fans, then turns around and fines the Spurs to the objection of the fans. Who does this fine benefit? It's political. It's heavy-handed. And it's a clear indication that it is, in fact, time for the NBA and Stern to part ways.
I don't know if Stern watched the game that I watched, but I loved it. I yelled, I got chills, my adrenaline was flowing ... and my heart broke at the end of the game at the sight of those deserving young players' faces who came so close. But this isn't the game Stern wanted me to see or enjoy ... a game he apologized for and vows to prevent in the future.
#DavidStern , stop dictating how coaches should manage their teams and stop dictating how fans should enjoy the game.
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