During his team's Game 3 rout of the Heat, Gregg Popovich was shown on TV talking to his players while they were in the process of burying Miami with a stirring offensive display.
''When you're open, let it fly,'' the Spurs' coach told them. ''Put your name in the paper.''
A day later, San Antonio guard Gary Neal was asked about that bit of encouragement.
''That's what you guys hear,'' Neal said with a chuckle, implying the give-and-take isn't always so sunny.
In his 17th season coaching the Spurs and his fifth NBA Finals, Popovich is having one breakout series, with this team one win from another title entering Game 6 on Tuesday night.
It's also been a banner finals for Popovich in the interview room. He has spent almost two weeks now being questioned about the health of Tony Parker, the Spurs' defensive strategy against LeBron James and Danny Green's remarkable 3-point shooting.
At times, he's been illuminating, as when he spoke admiringly of James' ability to drown out crit...