1 - Pop decided to rest Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili against the Rockets. And while there were those who complained, most people seemed fine with it. Is public opinion changing on the subject or is everyone tired of talking about it?
Michael Erler: I think a little bit of both. First of all, the Spurs just won the last title and have been to two Finals in a row, so it seems silly for anyone to question Pop's methods. Secondly, it's tough to argue against it because it's plainly obvious when guys like Durant or James run out of steam late in some games and people sure have no problem criticizing Tom Thibodeau for running his guys into the ground. The only people who really rip the Spurs anymore for this are the national talking heads over 50 who can't be bothered to learn anything anymore. I will say though it mostly gets unnoticed because it's the Spurs and their guys aren't marquee attractions anyway. If LeBron or Durant were just given random rest days during a TNT game or an ESPN game, people would go nuts, especially if it was before April and more in the meat of the season.
Taylor Young: I think most people expect it by now and the blame should go to the league who continues to schedule the Spurs on national TV when there's a high likelihood that they rest players. The bigger issue should be how many prime-time games the Lakers were scheduled for this year.
Bruno Passos: I think at this point the ones that are still complaining will probably hold their ground and keep whinging every time it happens -- especially when it's on a nationally televised game (Feb 20th @GSW is the next national game scheduled on a SEGABABA (SEcond GAme of a BAck to BAck), if you want to circle your calendars). Everyone else, it seems, is coming around to seeing the utility in tactical DNP's.
2 - After resting the older players in that game, Pop decided to play them in the SEGABABAs in the Bay Area and Sacramento. Is that a sign Pop is worried about the team's record?
3 - The Spurs offense hasn't been good. What has been the biggest problem with it so far in your opinion?
4 - Trade season has come early this year with rumors surrounding Corey Brewer. Do you expect the Spurs to make a move during the season?
5 - Speaking of trades, some teams that had playoff aspirations (Nuggets, Knicks, Wolves, among others) haven't gotten off to good starts. Who do you think should have a fire sale and start rebuilding?