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The Victory Formation:
Even if you aren’t a fan of the NBA, or the Miami Heat, or the San Antonio Spurs, it is hard not to be excited about a Game 7. Some idiots on Twitter were complaining that Game 6 was “finally” a close game in the series. They obviously forgot about Game 1. Plus, despite most of the fourth quarters turning into blowouts, this has been anything but a boring series. It was already going to be enough of a challenge for the Spurs to win a Game 7 on the road, now they have to overcome the letdown of blowing such a winnable game in Game 6. Now if any team can overcome that type of emotional low, I think it is the Spurs. They have their big three of vets, and a coach that should push the right buttons. However, Manu Ginobli, save for Game 5, has been a massive liability in this series. The all knowing Gregg Popovich did not have a good Game 6, making many puzzling decisions, the most puzzling being his insistence on playing turnover happy Ginobli. For San Antonio to win Game 7, either Danny Green will have to find ways to get open [...]
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Gregg Popovich was reflective, loquacious, funny and even answered questions from the media without prompting.
It's easy to say it was all a bit out of character for Popovich, but the circumstances were new to the San Antonio Spurs coach and all those who have followed them.
San Antonio was 28 seconds away from going a perfect 5 for 5 in the NBA Finals under Popovich when everything...
Thank you, Gregg Popovich. Thank you for what has been a great NBA Finals, where you and Erik Spoelstra have coached an incredible series. Thank you also for Game 6 on Tuesday night, when outcoached yourself with some final-minutes substitution patterns that threatened to destroy Twitter.
But, Gregg Popovich, thank you most of all for your postgame news conference.
Popovich has never...
Gregg Popovich is a grouch, a four-time NBA champion and a man not known for taking kindly to questions.
He has made a whole persona of belittling reporters who ask questions he doesn't think are worthwhile, and that makes it ironic that he left unanswered some rather obvious questions about two major coaching decisions he made in the 2013 NBA Finals. In particular, check out...
Gregg Popovich with another epic post game interview after the Spurs lost Game 6 to the Heat in OT on Tuesday night. When asked how to prepare for the decisive Game 7, Pop answered: “I get ‘em on the bus and it arrives on the ramp over here, we get off the bus and we go on the court and we play. That’s how we get ready.”
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's pre-Game 7 NBA Finals press conference was pure television gold.
As we get ready for Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Gregg Popovich is at his cynical best. Check out some quotes from quite possibly one of his funniest pressers ever (via ASAP Sports):
Q. Coach, Game 7s in an NBA Finals don’t come around terribly often. Are you able to appreciate the opportunity in the moment or is that for another time?
COACH GREGG POPOVICH: It’s torture...
Gregg Popovich is one of the grumpiest coaches in the NBA. The guy gives reporters a difficult time, hardly shows positive emotion, and he definitely is never happy. But that all changed after Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. Even though his San Antonio Spurs fell to the Miami Heat 95-88, Pop had [...]
One of the lingering questions from game six of the 2013 NBA Finals was the Spurs decision to not foul Ray Allen on his game-tying three point attempt before the end of regulation.
As you might figure, a reporter asked Gregg Popovich that question and Pop didn’t disappoint with a very “Pop-Like” answer:
Never Change, Gregg Popovich!
The Spurs didn’t win the championship, but that didn’t stop thousands of their loyal fans from gathering at the San Antonio International Airport Friday morning to welcome home and congratulate their team on a very successful season. Gregg Popovich addressed the crowd thanking them for their support: “You guys are the best that you do this when we lose. This is unbelievable...
Gregg Popovich is prejudiced against bad rappers and people who heckle him.
That is the claim by Freezy, manager for rap artist Flo Rida, in a radio interview prior to Game 6 on Tuesday. Freezy and his Miami-based client have been banned from the last two games of the NBA Finals, the manager said, in what he declared was “an act of discrimination.”
“This is an act of discrimination...
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich showed a great deal of class after losing Game 7 to the Miami Heat and shared a moment with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (two guys he coached during the Olympics), congratulating them on their 2nd NBA title.
With the NBA Finals over (as well as the San Antonio Spurs' season), it's hard to remember the NBA Draft is just a few days away. While the San Antonio Spurs are now preparing for next season, there have obviously been other things keeping Gregg Popovich, and to a lesser extent, R.C. Buford's attention.
Aside from a handful of workouts, it feels like very little...
What message did San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich tell his team in the locker room just after losing the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat 95-88?
“I just told them I loved them,” said Popovich.
Game 7 brought out the best two teams in the NBA and they battled for four straight quarters, back and forth, until the Heat ended up being the victor with a LeBron James...
Amid a flood of regret, and a few tears, the question felt unseemly. Now is not the time to talk about the future of the San Antonio Spurs.
Even if everyone is thinking it.
The discuss and dissect the future of a franchise that's been on the last of its title legs for six years now almost robs the Spurs of this moment. This is a time to celebrate what they've done, not...