Found May 28, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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 just that. San Antonio turned a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter into a 10-point lead on its way to a 101- 98 victory over Oklahoma City. Game 2 is Tuesday night. The Coach of the Year's battle cry might not be the difference in a series expected to be close. But it was Sunday night. "He just wanted to make sure we played with a lot more energy," said Tony Parker, who scored 18. "When he says that, he just wants to make sure we matched the passion and the energy that Oklahoma was playing with. "They were playing with a lot more energy than us in the third quart...

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 [...]

Gregg Popovich, NBA Ref Do Their Best Diana Ross Impersonation (Caption Contest)

Gregg Popovich has been head coach of the San Antonio Spurs since 1996, so he has a pretty good relationship with NBA refs. But what was Pops talking to the ref about over the weekend? NESN readers had a few ideas and submitted their #NESNcaption answers, which can be seen below. David Francis Hold've got a skeeter on yer forehead....right.....THERE! Bryan Tarbox...

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...

Popovich's tongue lashing spurs San Antonio to series-opening win

SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich tried to play innocent. However, he could only deny so much after television cameras caught him demanding to "see some nasty" from his team following a lackluster third quarter. Unseemly as it might have been, Popovich's unusual urging worked, spurring the Spurs to a 101-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder...

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, Thunder look ahead to Game 2

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Gregg Popovich's "I want some nasty!" is fast becoming the catchphrase of the NBA playoffs. It's eminently quotable, brash and an overnight splash. In other words, it's everything the San Antonio Spurs are not. They've also heard far worse in timeouts from the NBA Coach of the Year, who bellowed his now-famous and fuming marching orders...

Coach Popovich Wanted To Draft Scot Pollard Over Tim Duncan

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...

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...

Ginobili's Turn

By Jerome Watson After watching his Spurs get out-hustled and out-played in the series versus Memphis a year ago, Gregg Popovich knew he needed all of his players at their best when it mattered. More importantly than improving the overall depth of the team, more importantly than infusing youth into the group, Popovich knew in order to make another serious run at the title he...

OKC and the Spurs: Game Two Adjustments

NBA head coaches do not always command the full attention of their teams during timeouts in February. Their guys are sometimes watching the Red Panda as the coach sketches out an inbounds play on his dry erase clipboard. Sometimes that's even understandable. In late May, however, with the playoff stakes driving all eyes towards that coach's every word, a guy like Gregg Popovich...
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