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Gregg Popovich has funny exchange with reporter over blowouts (Video)

Gregg PopovichGregg Popovich loves giving reporters a hard time regardless of circumstance. He’s notoriously difficult to deal with during in-game interviews, and you better give him a good question during news conferences otherwise he’ll chew you up and spit you out.

One poor sap learned that lesson after the Spurs blew out the Thunder 117-89 in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night.

The reporter asked Popovich to explain why there have been so many blowouts in the series. Pop, dumbfounded, asked if the reporter was serious. The reporter then played along and told Pop he wasn’t getting paid very much, which actually made Pop chuckle.

As a great twist showing how much of a jerk Pop can be, the reporter supposedly asked the same question to Thunder coach Scott Brooks and actually got a long response. Pop just loves being a chief ballbuster.

Video via @cjzero

Gregg Popovich stared at David Aldridge for 8 seconds before answering him (Video)

Gregg-Popovich-David-AldridgeWe all know the wrath that Gregg Popovich can bring unto sideline reporters, and TNT’s David Aldridge has to deal with it quite frequently. On Tuesday night, Aldridge had the pleasure of interviewing Pop with the San Antonio Spurs trailing the Oklahoma City Thunder 26-20 after the first quarter.

Popovich was actually in a better mood than expected. However, we didn’t get to see that until after he stared at Aldridge for about eight seconds when Aldridge asked him how his team played in the first quarter.

“This is live television,” Aldridge jokingly reminded Pop.

“That means I have to answer, right?” Popovich replied.

Pop then went on to give a fairly detailed assessment of how the Spurs started out by moving the ball well and then began committing turnovers. By Pop standards, the interview was actually quite wordy. He simply couldn’t resist making his boy Aldridge squirm a little first. After all, the two have had an up-and-down relationship in the past.

Video via The Big Lead

Gregg Popovich cracks great Serge Ibaka joke (Video)

Gregg PopovichGregg Popovich may come across as a super-serious, no-nonsense dude — and he is that most of the time — but he also has a pretty darn good sense of humor, too.

Pop was asked after his San Antonio Spurs lost Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Sunday about the status of Manu Ginobili, who left the game late, and he gave a medical update of sorts. The great part was he seized the opportunity to crack the perfect Serge Ibaka joke.

“He’ll be fine,” said Pop.

Then, after reconsidering for a few seconds, Pop offered this:

“Or, he’s out for the rest of the playoffs.”

Ibaka, of course, was said to be out for the postseason after injuring his calf against the Clippers. Though he missed Games 1 and 2 of the Spurs series, he returned and played brilliantly in Game 3.

Gotta love Pop.

Steve Kerr consulted Gregg Popovich before picking Warriors over Knicks

Steve KerrLike any other intelligent person would have, Steve Kerr spoke to a number of people before he made his decision to sign a deal with the Golden State Warriors instead of the New York Knicks. As we learn more about his decision making process, it seems like Kerr was advised more than once to steer clear of the Knicks. Is that what Gregg Popovich told him?

On Tuesday, Popovich and Kerr told Marc Berman of the New York Post that they spoke before Kerr made his decision but would not go into detail. Pop simply said “friends talk” while Kerr had a similar message.

“We talked, but I’m not going to tell you what he said,” Kerr told Berman.

Phil Jackson irritated many people within the Spurs community last month when he said that they aren’t a dynasty despite their three championships in a five-year span and four total since 1999. We’re guessing a comment like that would be enough to lose Pop’s endorsement.

[Related: Warriors cautioned Steve Kerr about working for James Dolan]

Kerr was a part of two of San Antonio’s championship teams, and Popovich thinks very highly of him.

“He’s quite an intelligent young man,” Popovich said. “He’s been around. He’s seen a lot. He’s seen enough to know what he wants to do and what he doesn’t want to do. He’s great with interpersonal relationships. He’s a hard worker. He’s obviously a close friend, but I think on a professional level he’ll dive in and do everything he can, beginning with forming a staff and trying to do everything the right way. I’m excited for him.”

Kerr is a grown man who made his own decisions, and we already know he had a desire to remain closer to his family in California. That said, it wouldn’t have hurt the Knicks’ case if influential people who are close to Kerr vouched for New York. It doesn’t sound like anyone did that.

Also see: Knicks reportedly lost out on Steve Kerr because of lowball offer

H/T LBS tipster David

Gregg Popovich stonewalls Tony Parker, Tim Duncan with Spurs up nearly 30

Apparently no lead is large or satisfying enough when you’re Gregg Popovich.

The San Antonio Spurs just crushed the Dallas Mavericks in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series on Sunday and were up by nearly 30 points early in the fourth quarter. Tim Duncan exited the game a minute into the fourth with his team up by 28 and got a standing ovation from the fans, but he got no such reaction from Pop, who was still busy coaching as if it were a nail-biter.

A few minutes earlier in the game, the same thing happened with Tony Parker. Parker came out with 1:56 left in the third and the Spurs up 89-65, and Pop just stonewalled him, too:

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Hey Pop, why so serious?

At least Pop loosened up after the game was over. Maybe he was too busy thinking about how tough Portland will be in the next round.

Image via Steve Noah

Gregg Popovich’s interview with Craig Sager’s son might make you cry (Video)

Gregg Popovich Craig Sager JrGregg Popovich loves to give sideline reporters a hard time for in-game interviews, but he seems to take particular pleasure in hassling TNT’s Craig Sager.

Pop has been so hard on Sager in the past that there’s been a compilation video of all the times the Spurs coach messed with the reporter.

But Sager’s son, Craig Sager Jr., announced during the week that his dad is battling leukemia. So TNT had the younger Sager fill in for his dad during Game 1 of the San Antonio Spurs-Dallas Mavericks playoff series, and junior asked the coach a few questions. He got two answers, then Pop complimented him on the questions, and then Sager Jr. asked if Pop had anything he wanted to say to the elder Sager.

And, boy, did Pop come through. He delivered a really endearing message to Sager and told him how much he was missed. He even promised to be nice to him in the future!

“I promise I’ll be nice. Get back here.”

And how’s this? Pop specifically asked for Sager Jr. to interview him after the third quarter:

And if that wasn’t enough …

I guess it was all in love all along. Maybe Pop isn’t so bad after all.

Gregg Popovich takes no questions in season-ending press conference

Gregg PopovichGregg Popovich said goodbye to the regular season on Wednesday night the only way he knows how — by hardly giving writers and reporters the time of day. After his team lost a meaningless game to the Los Angeles Lakers and finished with the best record in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs coach said just 46 words.

“We had a good regular season and now the postseason starts,” Pop told reporters. “The first game is at noon on Sunday and we will see who it is. The two teams that are playing right now, so I am going to go watch them. You guys take care.”

And that was that. Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News posted a photo of the entire transcript on Twitter. It looks like a second-grade essay.

Is taking no questions at all better than answering a question with just two words? Man I love this guy.

H/T SB Nation