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SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- While the NBA coaching world has never been more unstable, the two coaches left standing in the NBA Finals have never been on more solid ground.
Twelve coaches have been fired since the regular season ended. That includes six who led their teams to the playoffs.
But two of the three longest-tenured coaches in the league are showing that consistency and patience can pay off in a big way. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is in his 17th season. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is in his fifth, making him the third longest-tenured coach.
Both have decried the recent run of firings that included reigning Coach of the Year George Karl in Denver.
The Heat and Spurs enter Game 5 on Sunday night tied at two games apiece.
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Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs is a legendary coach, but more legendary than his elite coaching capabilities, is the way he speaks to and handles the press. Even more entertaining is the fact, media members know Popovich’s responses to silly, asinine questions, but they still ask them anyways. Check out this photo tweeted [...]The post Coach Popovich Hates Stupid...
With 12 of the 30 NBA teams changing coaches since the end of the regular season, Erik Spoelstra ripped the coaching turnover that has gone on, calling it a "terrible state for the profession right now."
"[For] true success in the NBA, you must have consistency of culture," he said. "When you see that type of turnover over and over and over, it's impossible...
With their NBA Finals series tied at 2-2, the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat decided to give their players an off-day with a two-day layoff before Game 5 on Sunday.
Instead of meeting with the media in person, San Antonio Spurs head Coach Gregg Popovich and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decided to field questions Friday via conference calls. Popovich, whose in person interviews...
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...
During the first quarter of game five of the 2013 NBA Finals between the Heat/Spurs, ABC did a quick cut-away to an interview with Spurs forward Manu Ginobili.
In the segment, Ginobili tells a story about the time that he faked out Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich by pretending to take a shot at inopportune time.
As Manu eventually passed the ball to Tony Parker, Manu decided look...
Manu Ginobili's impersonation of Gregg Popovich was pretty spot on, not to mention hilarious. But it's even more funny in slow motion, we've decided.
SAN ANTONIO Gregg Popovich matched the Miami Heat and went small. And his San Antonio Spurs came up big.
After Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had moved guard Mike Miller into the starting lineup in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the Spurs coach counteracted by replacing center Tiago Splitter with guard Manu Ginobili in Sunday nights Game 5 at the AT&T Center.
The move worked brilliantly...
When you think of the San Antonio Spurs, you think of a team that is all business. You have Gregg Popovich who gives one-word answers during in-game interviews, and you have Tim Duncan, who rarely shows emotion on or off the court. But the Spurs apparently kept things loose enough for Duncan to have a [...]
Miami native and rapper, Flo Rida, and his manager, Freezy, are courtside regulars seated next to the visitor’s bench at American Airlines Arena, but there’s a good chance they won’t be cheering on the Heat in Game 6 or 7. You may remember the rapper’s manager from his ejection during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Miami which immediately went viral. Tuesday...
Rapper Flo Rida and his crew have been some of the most visible Miami Heat fans at the American Airlines Arena throughout the entire postseason. That trend will not continue for Game 6 or Game 7 (if necessary), because Flo Rida’s manager Freezy has been banned from attending. During an appearance on 104.3 The Ticket’s [...]
Many pundits and experts felt the Spurs and Gregg Popovich should have held Tony Parker out of game 4 after he strained his hamstring in a game three blowout over the Heat in the Finals.
Parker struggled somewhat, and went scoreless during the second half. Now according to Word On The Game, via J, A. Adande, Parker admitted that his “hamstring could tear at any time.”
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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra revealed his starting lineup minutes before tip-off of Game 6 of the Finals on Tuesday, and it's the same as Game 5, which the Heat lost 114-104. There were rumblings that Spoelstra might sit Mike Miller, who was held scoreless in Games 4 and 5.
No more Green He's gone...