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Gregg Popovich counts Spurs championships during parade (Video)

Gregg-Popovich-counts-championshipsOne of the best things about the San Antonio Spurs winning their fifth NBA championship this year is watching Gregg Popovich come out of his shell. We’re so used to seeing Pop berate sideline reporters that we forget he is actually capable of smiling without looking like he wants to rip someone’s head off. The Spurs’ championship parade was Popovich at his finest.

At one point, Pop put up his hand and starting counting San Antonio’s championships on his fingers. While we think he was just counting the rings, others have speculated that he was trolling LeBron and the whole “not one, not two, not three…” thing he did when the Miami Heat first assembled their Big Three.

Either way, Popovich knew how to work the crowd. I mean, it was his fifth parade. Pop knows what the people want to see.

GIF via Eye on Basketball

Gregg Popovich finally took off his tie and stopped coaching

Gregg Popovich coaching

The image above is how San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich looked with three minutes remaining in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and his team up by nearly 20 points. He was about to win his fifth NBA title and the guy still had his arms folded and a scowl on his face. Classic Pop.

But why did he have such a stern look on his face? He knew that when the moment to finally celebrate came around, he’d be letting down his hair and untying that tie.

Gregg Popovich no tie

And how about his face when Kawhi Leonard was named NBA Finals MVP? Have you ever seen this emotion from Pop?

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Apparently Pop does smile and show positive emotion. And he does that when all the work is finally done.

Previously: This is what Gregg Popovich’s teeth look like
Previously: Gregg Popovich stonewalls Tony Parker, Tim Duncan with Spurs up nearly 30

Gregg Popovich praises Tony Parker during Game 3 (Video)

Gregg-Popovich-Tony-ParkerThe San Antonio Spurs stole home court advantage back from the Miami Heat on Tuesday night with a dominating 111-92 victory in Game 3. Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Spurs with 29 points on 10-for-13 shooting, while the usual suspects like Tim Duncan and Tony Parker had more modest stat lines. That didn’t stop Gregg Popovich from taking the time to praise his veteran point guard.

Pop put a sub in for Parker with a few minutes remaining and grabbed him as he was heading to the bench.

“Great leadership,” Pop told Parker. “You didn’t get 30 (sic) … great leadership and solid, solid play with the ball.”

Parker only turned the ball over once, which is probably the stat Popovich is most impressed with. Protecting the ball against a fast time like Miami is incredibly important, and it is one of the reasons the Spurs dominated from start to finish.

Also, Pop’s chat with Parker shows you that Game 3 of the NBA Finals is just a little more important than some other playoff games. Remember when he completely stonewalled Parker and Duncan with San Antonio leading by 30 toward the end of a Game 7 earlier this postseason? The stakes are a bit higher now.

Gregg Popovich was tough on Doris Burke again in Game 2 (Video)

Gregg-Popovich-interviewThe Miami Heat were trailing by six points with about five minutes remaining in the third quarter of Game 2 on Sunday night. At that point, LeBron James took control and scored eight straight points. He ended up with 14 in the third quarter alone, and ESPN’s Doris Burke was lucky enough to get to interview Gregg Popovich after LeBron’s explosion.

As you might expect, Pop seemed a little salty. When Burke asked him what the Spurs’ plan is to contain LeBron, Popovich let out an evil laugh.

“Are you serious?” he asked. “We’re gonna keep him from scoring.”

Burke then followed up by asking Pop what he would like to see in the fourth quarter.

“Ah, I’d like to see LeBron play poorly,” he said sarcastically.

James went on to score another eight points in the third quarter and lead his team to a crucial win with a game-high 35. A couple weeks ago, Burke admitted that Pop almost had her in tears when he used only one word in an interview with her during last year’s playoffs. Hopefully she’s just learned to take it in stride by now.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz

Gregg Popovich on no air conditioning: ‘Hopefully we can pay our bills’ (Video)

Gregg PopovichThe situation that unfolded at the AT&T Center on Thursday night had Gregg Popovich written all over it. As soon as word surfaced that the air conditioner had gone out and the temperature was creeping above 90 degrees, we couldn’t wait to hear what the San Antonio Spurs coach had to say. Pop didn’t disappoint.

“I think everybody got a little tired or a little dehydrated, for sure,” Popovich said when asked about the playing conditions. “I’m sure that both teams are going to be happy that we have a couple of days before the next game. Hopefully we can pay our bills.”

Imagine if the Spurs lost? Cranky Pop combined with “we just had a major arena malfunction” Pop would have made for tremendous television.

This is what Gregg Popovich’s teeth look like

Gregg Popovich teeth

Look, it’s not often that Gregg Popovich smiles. It’s more often that we see Halley’s Comets than one of this guy’s grins. That’s why we have to cherish this moment.

After the Spurs beat the Thunder in six games to win the Western Conference, TNT’s Ernie Johnson interviewed Manu Ginobili and asked the veteran guard about his coach. Manu gave a brief Pop-like answer to a question, which led Pop to give the smile.

And here he is laughing:

GIF: Gregg Popovich LAUGHING on Twitpic

Save this post. Bookmark it. Don’t let it out of your sight. You never know when you’re going to be able to have a cherished moment like this again.

GIF via @cjzero

Doris Burke: I was ‘almost in tears’ after Gregg Popovich interview

Gregg-Popovich-interviewOne of Gregg Popovich’s most infamous in-game interviews came at the expense of ESPN’s Doris Burke. It took place roughly a year ago during the NBA playoffs, when Popovich used only the word “turnovers” to answer Burke’s two questions. It was vintage Pop and something sideline reporters have come to expect, but it apparently rattled Burke a great deal.

During an appearance on Zach Lowe’s Grantland podcast on Thursday, Burke said that particular interview with Popovich almost brought her to tears.

“Everybody laughed at that, last year – and I don’t know if you remember the moment – but I had asked him something about the offensive end, and he said ‘turnovers,’ one word,” Burke said, as transcribed by Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk. “Then I asked him about, ‘OK, on the defensive end, you held them to whatever percentage. What did you see that you liked on that end?” And he said ‘turnovers’ again.

“Two words. I was devastated. It was brutal. It was absolutely brutal. I was almost in tears. I go back to where I sit, and I’m trying to compose myself, because I thought I asked two pretty good questions. And those were those were the responses I got.”

Burke is right. There was nothing wrong with the questions she asked, but we all know how Pop can be. His team was coming off a brutal quarter at the time, and he was only going to use the word “turnovers” no matter what the questions were or who asked them. While the interview shook Burke up, she said she does not take it personally.

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