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Posted: Friday, March 11, 2005 5:49 am | Updated: 9:33 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

After rethinking the matter, incoming Suns owner Robert Sarver — who flapped his arms at the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night to indicate the Spurs were "chicken" in not playing their best players — suggests he might have acted differently.

"Had I had it to do over again, maybe," he said Thursday. "I was just upset and disappointed."

Because fans were expecting a big game vs. the Spurs, who pulled All-Stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili an hour before tip-off because of injuries, "The game was a downer," he said.

"I was mad at ‘em," he admitted. "I was giving them a hard time."

"Our fans pay a lot of money," he said. "Everyone was expecting a big-time game. I was disappointed."

Sarver said he still believes if Duncan and Ginobili were hurt or needed to rest, they should have done so Tuesday night vs. New Jersey, "a team they were going to beat anyway."

He wasn’t sure if the Spurs’ decision to rest them against the Suns was a psychological ploy — that the move made a Suns’ win much less meaningful — but that, "It wasn’t what the fans expected."

The Suns eked out a 107-101 over the Spurs.

At the season’s start, Sarver said he would be an enthusiastic fan but that he would never do anything disrespectful to another team.

Sarver indicated he respects the Spurs and shook Ginobili’s hand and congratulated him for having "one of the best games I’ve ever seen" when he scored 48 points against the Suns in January.

Suns chairman Jerry Colangelo, who is in the process of selling the team to Sarver, said Sarver "responded appropriately" in saying he might have acted differently.

"He’s a big fan," Colangelo said. "He really is. This will be a learning process for him."

Colangelo was not at the game. Asked if he would call Spurs officials on the matter, he said, "I need to get more information and talk to the appropriate people."

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