NBA fines San Antonio Spurs

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The San Antonio Spurs were fined $250,000 on Friday for not playing their top stars in a televised game versus the Miami Heat, the Chicago Tribune said.
The team failed to notify the league and the media about their decision to not bring Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Tony Parker on their trip to Miami, commissioner David Stern said.
This decision was a violation of a league policy designed to discourage teams from resting players in a manner that is "contrary to league interests," the New York Times said.
Stern said that the team cheated the league and the fans by failing to make their best players available for the game,
San Antonio coach Greg Popovich has rested his veteran stars in recent seasons, citing a desire to keep them fresh for the playoffs. The game was the team's fourth road game in five nights. According to the New York Times, Popvich felt that his choice was "the best thing for our team."
This incident was the first time in which a team has been penalized for resting certain players.

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