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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 went wrong. The Miami Heat rallied from a five-point deficit to tie Game 6, eventually winning in overtime Tuesday and then closing out their second straight title Thursday with a victory in Game 7.
So, instead of preparing for a victory parade down the San Antonio River, the Spurs spent Saturday morning cleaning out their lockers at the team's practice facility.
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In the ultimate display of class and sportsmanship, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich gave big hugs to Miami Heat superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade after the Heat defeated the Spurs 95-88 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
Popovich had some kind words for James and Wade before heading back to the locker room and allowing the Heat to celebrate their NBA Championship....
The San Antonio Spurs are unlikely to make significant changes to their roster after losing Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
“People have been telling us we need to get younger 15 years ago,” Gregg Popovich said. “At one point I guess we will be too old. Who knows when that is? Going to the conference finals last year and the Finals this year proves something is going right. I think...
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...
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 [...]
When asked who was going to coach the San Antonio Spurs' Summer League team in Las Vegas in three weeks, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich gave an entertaining response in his final press conference of the 2012-2013 season Saturday.
“Bud is coaching,” said Popovich. “He’s going to do it part time.”
The reason Popovich joked with the response is because during...
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...
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...
This year’s NBA Finals, folks – they weren’t about the Miami Heat or the San Antonio Spurs. They weren’t about LeBron James’ legacy or Tim Duncan going out on top. They weren’t about Gregg Popovich cementing his status as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all-time or Erik Spoelstra proving that he does belong in the pantheon of two-time NBA champion coaches. They weren’t...
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...
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...
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10) It really does not matter how old your stars are, since you don't get older when you are undead
9) Kawhi Leonard is an absolute beast right now, and going to get a lot better
8) From what I've seen of your fan base, you are very good at eating through your emotions
7) If they had won, many of the guys you really love to watch might have retired...