Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 1/22/13
The San Antonio Spurs don't usually let the fans in their looser demeanors in the locker room and away from the court. They tend to be quiet while they do their work and then go home. Their fans don't know much about the players or the coaches, besides the antics they show us on television or in interviews. Spurs' shooting guard Danny Green changed that recently while talking to ESPN Playbook. He gave us a glimpse of what "goes behind the scenes," including who has the best nickname. We've known Boris Diaw is called "Bobo" by some of his teammates, but apparently teammate Stephen Jackson has given him a new one. "We call Boris [Diaw] 'Boudini' after Houdini because he's really good at passing the ball." This isn't surprising since Jackson is one of the more entertaining personalities on the team and has been a teammate of Diaw's when they were members of the Charlotte Bobcats. One of the funnier nicknames has to be for Patrick Mills. His intensity and energy on the cart is described by this nickname: "They also call him 'Machine Gun' because he has a quick trigger. He's got a couple of nicknames from different people." Mills is known for his quick shots on the court. As soon as you see him catch the ball, you know it'll most likely be a shot attempt. It looks like it's a characteristic that's admired by his teammates if he's given a nickname, a trait he shares with teammate Gary Neal. Danny Green does reveal some obvious information we've known for a while about coach Gregg Popovich. "Coach [Gregg Popovich] is a funny guy. He's a character. Pop is very sarcastic, and he tells a lot of jokes." From what we've seen from Pop on T.V. and in interviews, this doesn't come surprising. This  is obvious as players and coaches seem to love and get along with Coach Pop. He's a guy who knows how to act around his team both off and on the court. While other coaches are either seen as "buddies" or "dictators", Pop seems to find a balance to make it work and be successful. Finally the rest of the NBA fan base knows something Spurs fans have always known: the San Antonio Spurs aren't as boring as everyone thought they were.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Oregon headed to first Final Four in 78 years as Jordan Bell & Tyler Dorsey dominate Kansas

This is the Gonzaga we’ve been waiting for

Jets won’t rule out selecting another QB in 2017 NFL Draft

Rougned Odor threw a cup of water into Felix Hernandez’s face on the field

Michael Irvin rips Texans for not trading for Tony Romo

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Richard Sherman on trade talk: ‘I just laugh it off, man’

Grumpy writer complains about 'SI for Kids' reporter

Report: Archie Miller closing in on seven-year deal to coach Indiana

Alex Rodriguez said he 'made an ass of' himself denying PED allegations

LaVar Ball finally got what he deserved

Adrian Peterson makes statement, says it is ‘not all about the money’

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Box Score 3/23: Team USA wins their first WBC title

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker