And to think what would have happened if they were given a three-day weekend.
The coach of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team gave four key players the day off Thursday, sending them home from Orlando on a Southwest Airlines flight — with Business Select boarding passes, presumably — instead of taking them along for the team’s game in Miami.
The coach, Gregg Popovich, who has won four National Basketball Association championships and is the longest-tenured coach in the league, said he believed that the players, who had played five games in eight days and are scheduled to face another of the league’s top teams on Saturday, needed rest.
David Stern, the league’s commissioner, objected. He vowed to impose “substantial sanctions” on the Spurs, then followed through by fining the team $250,000 for the couch day, raising a significant question for bosses everywhere: when is it unreasonable to give someone the day off?
Popovich willingly gave them a break, a decision that, to some observers, appeared no different from a partner at a law firm giving some worn-out associates a day off before a big trial. Or a company president telling employees to take off Fridays during the summer...
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Via Billy Corben