Gregg Popovich stonewalling Craig Sager is a TNT tradition just like those great Photoshop pictures of Charles Barkley. Anytime the San Antonio Spurs play on TNT on Thursday nights, you know an uncomfortable interview between Pop and Sager is coming.
That certainly held true this week.
After the first quarter of the Spurs-Oklahoma City Thunder game, Sager attempted to ask the Spurs coach a few questions. Sager asked a legitimate question about how difficult it is for Pop to sub out Tim Duncan while he’s hot, and Pop gave a smartass retort.
“Well, I can’t play him 48 (minutes).”
Sager seemed to be caught off guard by the answer and was stumbling trying to figure out his next question. He tried to segue into something about the Spurs’ dangerous bench, and ended up looking silly for mentioning Manu Ginobili, who is out with a hamstring injury. No surprise, Popovich was quick to point out Sager’s error.
Pop’s history of abusing Sager during interviews was captured in video form last year. The coach’s wife even has asked him to cut it out, but he says he just can’t help it. As funny as it is to see him pick on Sager, we wish he would cut it out already and finally act professionally.
Video via @cjzero