Didn’t get the game you were hoping for? Sue.
That’s what one Miami lawyer is doing to the San Antonio Spurs for the Nov. 29 game in which coach Gregg Popovich sent home four of his key players instead of playing them against the Miami Heat.
Lawyer Larry McGuinness, who was at the game, filed a class action lawsuit in Miami-Dade County, The suit states Popovich’s decision caused fans to incur “economic damages” because the tickets for the Thursday night showcase game were at a premium price.
Never mind that the Heat barely beat the depleted Spurs, needing a late stand for a 105-100 victory. That came after Popovich decided to send Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green home for the last game of a six-game, eight-day roadstand. San Antonio hosted the division-rival Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 1.
The Spurs already have been punished by the NBA, as Commissioner David Stern publicly reprimanded the decision and fined the team $250,000. Popovich said he was disappointed with that fine.
“What I do from my perspective is from a coaching perspective,”
he said Dec. 1.
“And I think the league operates from a business perspective. And I think that’s reflective in the action that they took.”
The team declined to comment on the suit.