Found May 26, 2012 on Pass The Pill:

What a difference a draft pick would have made. Sure-fire Hall of Fame coach Gregg Popovich, would certainly not have experienced the success he has if he would have made this decision. The crazy thing about this is we would be lumping coach Pop in with the rest of the terrible coaches and general managers that have surfaced over the NBA.

Check out the tweet:

S.A. @Spurs GM R.C. Buford on drafting Tim Duncan: “Popovich had an affinity for Scot Pollard of Kansas. We had to talk him off that ledge.”

— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 26, 2012


Pop to Spurs: 'I want some nasty!'

With his team down by nine to the Thunder in the 4th quarter, the Spurs head coach had some choice words for his squad, telling the players, "I want some nasty!" in a huddle.

Video: Popovich wants “some nasty”

Sometimes the NBA huddle isn’t about making any major adjustments or going to the board to show how your team needs to execute. Sometimes it is finding the write words to motivate your team. Gregg Popovich went to the latter prior to the 4th quarter in yesterday’s San Antonio Spurs victory. The Spurs were trailing [...]

Popovich spurs San Antonio to Game 1 win

With the Spurs in danger of dropping the first game of the Western Conference finals, and with it the home-court edge, coach Gregg Popovich called for his troops to get "nasty." Popovich prodded them to defend, take good shots and fight. He wanted them to play like the Spurs team that's gone undefeated for 19 games stretching back more than six weeks. They did...

Video: Popovich explains 'I want some nasty'

After a sloppy first half versus the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich lit into the team and asked the players during a huddle in the second half to play with some more passion, or as Pop would say, "I want some nasty!" But at first blush, the comment it kind of comes off as bit odd but check out what Pop meant by asking for some nasty...

Duncan: 'I'm not going anywhere'

Back around mid-January, there was much speculation about Spurs forward Tim Duncan's shelf life as a member of the San Antonio Spurs coming to a close. He looked like he was continuing to deteriorate and had become slower and less effective. Then, in late February and early March, Duncan found another gear and spectators saw layups become powerful dunks. While most expected...

Appreciate Tim Duncan's 15 Years of Dominance

Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard beat me to the punch. On May 21, Wake Forest's own Tim Duncan was on the cover, and was the topic of the cover story. On the cover read, 'Finally getting to know the greatest, least appreciated player of his generation.' I couldn't have said it better myself. Right before our very eyes is someone who is a top-10 player of...

Gregg Popovich: The Best Coach We Never Talk About

When we talk greatest NBA coaches we go from Red Auerbach to Phil Jackson and deservingly so. Yet, which coach really doesn’t get the credit he deserves? I would say Greg Popovich is the best coach we never talk about. Is it because he coaches a team that receives the same treatment in “greatest discussions”? Coach Pop took over the coaching duties in 1996 and thanks to the...

Can Someone get Gregg Popovich some Nasty?

When your last name ends in -ich, you know the basics are not going to cut it. [Follow me @TravisHouser]

Spurs take game 1 over Thunder

The Spurs found a way to win game one against Oklahoma City despite looking terrible for three quarters. - Gregg Popovich challenged his team to get nasty with their defense, and Stephen Jackson responded with tough defense on Kevin Durant. - Russell Westbrook is getting a ton of heat for his lame play in the 4th quarter, but Gregg Doyle just eviscerates him in this column, pointing...

Popovich discusses chances of Blair playing in game one

Driving up to the AT&T Center tonight, I noticed the media parking lot was almost at capacity. I walked into the media room and there were tons of media seating areas in our writing room. For two small market franchises who are not known for a lot of publicity, the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder will be getting a lot of attention as their Western Conference Finals...

NBA Western Conference Finals

                On Sunday night the Western Conference Finals begin in San Antonio. On one side are the veteran and methodical San Antonio Spurs; in their fifteenth straight postseason under the guidance of head coach Gregg Popovich and with four championships since 1999. On the other side, you will find the inexperienced but supremely talented and athletic Oklahoma City...

NBA Playoff Preview: Spurs vs. Thunder

The series looming between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs is one of the most intriguing series the NBA has seen for a while. It displays the classic battle of youth vs. experience. The Spurs , lead by Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Tim Duncan are all at least 29 years old. Their leadership and efficiency have led to team totals of second in scoring, fourth...

Ginobili, Spurs start sloppy, finish strong to defeat Thunder

“It was a very rusty game,” said San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan (16 points) after his team defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-98 on Sunday evening, “I didn’t feel like I had a rhythm.” “A week off,” Spurs shooting guard Gary Neal (12 points) said wasn’t the entire reason the Spurs struggled in the first three quarters, as they turned the ball over, and even...
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