Posts Tagged ‘Gregg Popovich’

Gregg Popovich loves George Hill’s blond hair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last summer, Pacers point guard George Hill dyed his hair blond. As Hill said at the time, “TIME FOR A CHANGE!!!!! Gonna Try The Blonde Look For A Sec!!!!!!!”

Well, it’s been a sec — going on seven months now — and Hill has decided to stick with the blond hair. If nothing else, it’s certainly eye-catching, as Hill’s former coach Gregg Popovich made clear last night when the Pacers played the Spurs…

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After the game, Popovich reiterated exactly how much he likes the look…

Taboo Topics with Coach Pop

There are certain things you just don't talk about with Gregg Popovich.

There are certain things you just don’t talk about with Gregg Popovich.

ALL BALL NEW JERSEY — Note to all NBA reporters: Gregg Popovich knows nothing about the team you cover, unless that team is the San Antonio Spurs.

Before the Spurs played the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday, one Knicks reporter asked Popovich what he thought of New York’s first few games.

The response: “Nothing. I don’t watch film on other people at this point in the season. I don’t even know what I’m doing yet, so it’s kind of a waste of time to watch other people. We’ve got enough work to figure out how we want to play and how we want to put it together. That’s the honest truth.”

When he says “at this point in the season,” he means “in the regular season.” Ask Popovich about the opponent in January or February and you’re likely to get a similar response.

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Other NBA teams aren’t the only sports that Popovich doesn’t watch. The World Series ended in rather dramatic fashion on Sunday night, but Pop couldn’t be distracted from one of the few times he gets to have dinner in New York.

“If it’s nighttime, it’s dinner time,” Popovich said in response to a question about Mets pitcher Matt Harvey convincing manager Terry Collins to leave him in the game for the ninth inning of Game 5. “Dinner and wine. No baseball, no football. Sports are boring.”

That brought a few laughs from the media scrum.

“I’m serious,” Popovich continued. “Why would I want to watch a baseball game when I could go to dinner and relax with friends and enjoy.”

Of course, that transitioned into a great story about Manu Ginobili convincing Popovich that he should play at MSG on Monday, instead of sitting out the second game of a day-night back-to-back. And if you ask Popovich about his own players, he’ll usually give you good stuff. On Monday, he provided terrific quotes on integrating LaMarcus Aldridge and David West into the Spurs’ system, about the development of Kawhi Leonard, and about Danny Green being a decent defender, which you couldn’t have foreseen when the Spurs waived him back in 2010.

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Still, though Popovich has helped turn Leonard into one of the best two-way players in the league, he may not have watched much of the forward before the Spurs acquired him in the 2011 Draft.

In one of those answers about Leonard’s development, Popovich said this:

“He was basically a big man in college. He didn’t play on the perimeter. When he came, he couldn’t shoot a three until Chip Engelland got a hold of him. So all of this is new to him as a perimeter player, defensively, offensively, his development with some of the moves he has that Chad Forcier works with him on. All of that has been an education for him.”

Asked about that after the game, this was Leonard’s response:

“I don’t think he’s seen me play a lot. I’ve always played on the wing. I don’t think a lot of people watched me play at San Diego State. Just because I averaged 10 rebounds, they thought I was a power forward. I always played on the wing and this is nothing new to me.”

So don’t ask Popovich about college basketball, either.

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Oh yeah, there’s one more taboo topic with Popovich. His name is Phil Jackson.

Question: “How do you think Phil did in free agency? He didn’t get the star like LaMarcus, but he got a lot of other pieces…”

Popovich: “I can just top you right there. I don’t evaluate Phil Jackson.”

Question: “Or just how the Knicks did in free agency, and the pieces…”

Popovich: “That would be Phil.”

Everybody knows the San Antonio Spurs’ names

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The classic TV show “Cheers” was set in Boston and featured a familiar cast of characters who frequented the same establishment so often that everybody knew their names. The Spurs may play in San Antonio, but at this point the same crew has been together for so long (along with new additions LaMarcus Aldridge and David West) that everybody knows their names, as we see in this video from Spurs fan site 48 Minutes of Hell….


VIDEO: Spurs Cheers

What if there was an NBA team of NBA coaches?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Plenty of NBA coaches were NBA players before becoming coaches — in the Western Conference Finals, for instance, both Steve Kerr and Kevin McHale are former players. There are also a lot of coaches who never played in the NBA, from Gregg Popovich to Tom Thibodeau.

But what would happen if all the NBA coaches played in the NBA. And not when they were young and in shape, but now, when they are, you know, old?

Well, a few months back someone decided to find out by using NBA 2K, so here are a bunch of coaches playing against the Eastern Conference All-Stars. This is ridiculous, sure, but it’s also hilarious…


VIDEO: Coaches vs. Players

James Harden and Gregg Popovich compare beards

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Houston Rockets played the San Antonio Spurs last night in a game between Western Conference teams with title aspirations. The Spurs won, 110-98, but that didn’t stop James Harden and Gregg Popovich, two hirsute men, from taking a moment to compare not their respective postseason fortunes but instead, their beards.

San Antonio Spurs get a new (weird) theme song

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most popular recent viral videos was “Too Many Cooks,” from the folks at Adult Swim. The video was a parody of the opening credits of a sitcom, that just went on and on and on. So Caleb Saenz at the Spurs site 48 Minutes Of Hell made his own parody video featuring “Too Many Cooks” set to the faces of plenty of former Spurs. This one is called, “Too Many Pops”…


VIDEO: Too Many Pops

Boris Diaw’s shot pops Gregg Popovich

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Saturday night, the San Antonio Spurs hosted the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clips got off to a fast start, and at the half were holding on to a commanding 56-42 lead. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich couldn’t wait to get to the locker room, presumably to start yelling at the Spurs. But Pop started leaving before the clock ticked out, before Boris Diaw had time to hoist a full-court shot that missed the basket but connected with Pop…

A new Gregg Popovich?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Death, taxes and a surly Spurs coach Gregg Popovich during a sideline interview are a few of life’s certainties. So what happened last night during the Spurs/Bulls game when Rachel Nichols had some questions for Pop? He…answered them pleasantly with full sentences!? Who are you and what have you done with Pop?!


VIDEO: Nice Pop?

San Antonio Spurs visit the White House


VIDEO: Spurs White House

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few days ago we saw pictures of the Chicago Bulls taking a tour of the White House. But what we didn’t see was arguably the most important part of the White House: The President. As we noted in that Bulls post, a visit with the president at the White House is traditionally a perk of winning an NBA title. And yesterday, eight months after winning the 2014 NBA title championship, while in town to face the Washington Wizards, the Spurs spent the afternoon at the White House.

After praising the Spurs for overcoming their age and making themselves one of the league’s most exciting teams, President Obama told the Spurs, “If you guys need any tips on winning back to back, you know where to find me.”


VIDEO: Spurs White House 2

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Good visit at the white house today, i look like i know what i am talking about

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What more could I ask for… Great day meeting the president of the United States 🇺🇸

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Are the San Antonio Spurs actually a special forces squad?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The San Antonio Spurs are often criticized for having no personality, for being boring, for playing a style of basketball that doesn’t command big ratings.

But what if it was all just a cover? What if in actuality the Spurs were a precision special forces team that only played boring basketball to throw people off their trail? That is the question asked, and answered, in the hilarious video below…


VIDEO: Spurs Forces