San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich watches the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
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As the godfather of the NBA's modern player rest movement, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has long championed the importance of limiting the wear and tear on players' bodies in order to prolong their careers and increase the chances of deep runs in the postseason.Now that Silver is ramping up the pressure to consider more than just X's and O's when deciding when to rest players en masse, Popovich and other coaches around the league say they are eager to have dialogue with the league and its television partners to address an approach that is drawing the ire of fans and business partners.The 2017-18 regular season will begin early to help the league reduce the number of back-to-backs and stretches of four games in five nights.
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