When the San Antonio Spurs ruffled some feathers at the NBA’s league office by resting their healthy starters in a nationally televised game against the Miami Heat, the reaction was polarizing. Some scoffed at the move, but most of the reaction was directed at David Stern acting as through the Spurs had just beaten his kitten half to death.
Stern decided that a $250,000 fine was in order, and that was the final punishment for the Spurs “rebellious” act.
But local Miami lawyer Larry McGuinness isn’t satisfied with that punishment and has filed a lawsuit against the Spurs in a Miami-Dade County court. The suit basically says that Gregg Popovich jipped the paying audience out of what they thought they were paying for. Despite the fact that a rag-tag team of backups put the Miami Heat and their starters on the ropes, McGuinness is arguing that the fans in attendance that night didn’t get a good game and deserve their money back.
Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green weren’t even in the building when the Heat and Spurs played, which had most fans angry until they happened to see one of the more exciting games we’ve had this season.
The Spurs have declined to comment on the suit and it’s really unlikely that it goes anywhere. This will all end up being a case where a lot of wasted effort went into fact-finding before a judge laughs hysterically as he throws the suit out. What this also does, is gives Miami haters more fuel to squirt on their raging inferno of angst toward the Heat.
You couldn’t give these people a more meaty piece of material. Literally, a Miami lawyer sued an opposing NBA team for almost beating his home team with backups.
It doesn’t get any better than that.