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@DimitriKoutsiaftis @johngiang3 If a guy is going to sulk on the bench and be a problem to the chemistry of the team, then clearly that isn't the Spurs philosophy. He put himself over the team. Sure, he could of been useful, but he thought he should be deserved more minutes over Kawhi and was actually arguing with Pops.
Why would you compare Eurobasket to a grueling NBA playoffs, which is completely irrelevant. Why would I watch Eurobasket, I'm not even a Spurs fan. If you even look at the Final play were he had to run all the way up court for that game winning layup and he missed it, he was dead exhausted. It looked like he had nothing left. The guy is 31, and being guarded by LeBron in the fourth and trying to get a shot is exhausting. There were some mistakes by Pop, like taking out Duncan for that rebound that led to that Ray Allen three but you have to roll with Manu in this situation. They needed another ball-handler.
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@DimitriKoutsiaftis @johngiang3 Yes, I know for a fact S-Jax wanted to play more than Leonard. He felt he was better and was pissed that a younger kid was passing him by. But everyone knew Kawhi was better. Jax is just not a team player and that is not part of the Spurs philosophy.
As for Parker, you manage a guys minutes depending on the game as well. If your team is down in the third, you can't really bench him as well or you would be even more behind. Parker even asked to be out taken out. And with Parker being a older player guarded by LeBron and a good defensive player in Chalmers, you could tell he was exhausted as well.
@DimitriKoutsiaftis First, Stephen Jackson was cut because he felt he was better than Leonard and deserved way more minutes than him. He was being a bitch and was being too selfish. That ain't the Spurs way. And regarding sitting Parker, the guy does get tired playing the whole game and being guarded by the best defenders (ex. Allen, LeBron). Parker goes full speed and hard to the ground all game, he needs some time to recover.