At the end of Wednesday's loss to the Spurs, Jacque Vaughn did something a bit different. Usually he points an acknowledgement to the opposing coach at the end of games before heading off to his locker room. For his mentor, Gregg Popovich, Vaughn went down to the other end of the court and visited the Spurs' head man and gave him a hug.
There are a lot of San Antonio influences with the Magic right now. None is more visible than the approach Vaughn has taken directly from Popovich. Vaughn very much got his start in coaching from the Spurs' long-time head coach.
In analyzing and breaking down the game afterward, Vaughn acknowledged that the Spurs had the little details down necessary to win games. That comes from preparation from the "best coach in the league" according to Vaughn. There is definitely a sense of reverence for Popovich from Vaughn's side.
Popovich though was not holding back his feelings about Vaughn and where the Magic are as an o...