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Flo Rida’s manager Freezy: Gregg Popovich had me banned from Games 6 and 7

Flo-Rida-FreezyRapper 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 “Hochman and Zaslow Show” Tuesday morning, Freezy explained how the NBA contacted him and told him that he would be arrested if he tried to attend Game 6 on Tuesday night.

“They were sending me emails all week and kind threats but I was ignoring them,” he said. “Then I got emails and phone calls from their lawyers telling me I’m not allowed in the building for the next two games. So I’m like, ‘What violation did I (commit)’”

According to Freezy, San Antonio Spurs Head coach Gregg Popovich asked that his crew not be allowed back because they were getting too rowdy in support of the Heat.

“They were just telling me we had too much energy and the head coach complained about it,” Freezy claimed. “Them cats want an easy win. They ain’t used to that Miami Heat support right next to them in their ears.”

Freezy was also asked to leave the arena by the Indiana Pacers during the Eastern Conference Finals, but he said the Pacers were more disrespectful about it than the Spurs.

“The Spurs are just scared,” he explained. “They’re scared of the energy. The Pacers were disrespectful. The Spurs don’t want that building to erupt around them. What I do to cheer for my team is no different than what Spike Lee does in New York or Jack Nicholson does in LA.”

We have no way of knowing if Flo Rida and company were doing more than just cheering for the Heat, but if that’s the case you can understand why they would be upset — especially with Game 6 being in Miami. At least when this rapper was allegedly booted from the American Airlines Arena it was because he was cheering for the other team.

Gregg Popovich rips reporter who asks if he will ‘mail in’ Game 4 to rest Tony Parker

Gregg Popovich interviewThe San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are set to square off for Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, and Tony Parker’s status remains in question. An MRI revealed earlier this week that Parker suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain during Game 3, and he has been listed as day-to-day.

Fortunately for the Spurs, they have a 2-1 series lead over Miami. Because of that, a reporter made the mistake of asking Gregg Popovich if he might “mail in” Game 4 in order to rest Parker so he can come back later in the series.

“I’ve just got to tell you, that phrase ‘mail in Game 4 …” Popovich snapped, via Pro Basketball Talk. “It confuses my whole brain. I don’t think I can think past that comment. I would like to help you, but I don’t know how to help you. You can come back to our coach’s office and hit us up. We’ll be talking about all these sorts of things. Any ideas are welcome. I have no idea until I know how healthy he is tomorrow.”

The reporter was not suggesting that the Spurs should tank Game 4 and focus on Game 5. His point was likely that Popovich may be more inclined to play an injured Parker if the situation were reversed and his team was trailing 2-1, rather than risk Parker hurting his hamstring further.

As we have been reminded throughout the playoffs with interviews like this, Pop can be very difficult to talk to when the stakes are high. Anytime you downplay the importance of a playoff game in some way, the Spurs coach is not going to be pleased.

Sorry, Doris Burke, Gregg Popovich will not tell you his strategy for defending LeBron James

Gregg Popovich interviewGregg Popovich continues to be a headache for reporters trying to interview him during games. At least he is entertaining, though.

Popovich was interviewed by ABC’s Doris Burke between the third and fourth quarters of Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday. After LeBron James closed the third quarter with nine straight points to make it a 15-point game, Burke asked Popovich what he wants from his team when it comes to defending James. Pop pondered the question for a moment, and then gave a classic response.

“I can’t tell you that.”

Would we expect anything less from Pop? At least he used more than one word with Burke this time.

Video via @BeyondtheBuzzer

Gregg Popovich uses only word ‘turnovers’ during sideline interview (Video)

Gregg-Popovich-interviewESPN’s Doris Burke drew the unfortunate task of having to interview San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich following his team’s abysmal start go Game 3 against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. The Spurs went on to win 104-93 in overtime and take a commanding 3-0 series lead, but Pop’s team dug itself into a 29-13 hole after the first quarter.

Burke asked Popovich what happened to the Spurs offensively in the first quarter that resulted in only 13 points.

“Turnovers,” he replied.

She then asked what he saw defensively from the Grizzlies that made them so effective.

“Turnovers,” Popovich said again.

Popovich didn’t exactly treat Burke as if she was Craig Sager, but it was vintage Pop nonetheless. It’s hard to believe this is the same guy who asked a reporter for a follow-up question just a couple weeks ago. Regardless of the mood he was in after a terrible first quarter, Popovich has to be feeling great about the fact that his team is on the verge of completing a sweep to advance to the NBA Finals.

Gregg Popovich actually wanted a second question from David Aldridge (Video)

Gregg-Popovich-David-AldridgeThe only thing worse than having to interview Gregg Popovich on the sidelines heading into the fourth quarter is having to interview Gregg Popovich on the sidelines heading into the fourth quarter with his team trailing by 12. TNT’s David Aldridge drew that unlucky assignment on Monday night, but he was surprised by the reaction he got.

Aldridge went into the interview with only one question to ask Popovich, which was probably a good idea. He asked the veteran coach how he will keep his team from getting discouraged with the way Stephen Curry was shooting. Pop answered the question and took a jab at Aldridge for not asking a follow-up.

“No second question, huh?” he joked. “I’m hurt.”

Perhaps it was Pop’s positive attitude that helped the San Antonio Spurs claw their way to a 129-127 double-overtime victory against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1. Manu Ginobili may have had a little something to do with it as well. As we know from this awesome video of Popovich’s history of abusing Craig Sager, his interview with Aldridge on Monday night could have gone much worse. His wife probably won’t even be mad at him this time.

Video via @cjzero

Gregg Popovich trying to soften up Stephen Curry, Warriors?

Gregg PopovichGregg Popovich is a very clever coach. He has won four NBA championships and keeps the San Antonio Spurs competitive regardless of personnel or injury. He is widely regarded as the top coach in the league, and his mental ability is a big reason why.

Take for instance what he did prior to the Spurs’ Western Conference semifinals playoff series against the Golden State Warriors.

Pop was extremely praiseworthy of the Warriors when speaking about them before the series began.

“They’re a very good team. They play good ‘D’. They rebound. They’ve got great pace, great skill players, good role players, and Mark has given them a philosophy they’ve all bought into, and it’s one heck of a squad. So they’re in the second round for a reason,” Popovich said of Golden State, via KENS 5.

He also recently said watching Stephen Curry shoot was like watching Michael Jordan play. Curry had a humorous response Sunday when presented with the comment. He asked if Pop was drunk at the time.

Even though Popovich’s comment was made two weeks ago, you have to wonder if this isn’t part of a bigger strategy to soften up the Warriors before the series.

Phil Jackson was notorious for priming officials by complaining about a player’s questionable technique ahead of a playoff game. Is this much different? The strategy of praising and over-praising opponents is very much in line with what Bill Belichick does in football.

According to the Patriots’ rules for dealing with the media, that’s one of Belichick’s biggest strategies. Not only do you not give the opposing team “bulletin board material” if you’re busy praising them, but you can also disarm a competitor by complimenting them. Isn’t that exactly why Michael Jordan would take opponents out to dinner before games? Pop knows exactly what he’s doing.

Stephen Jackson: Gregg Popovich wanted me to admit other Spurs were better

Stephen JacksonStephen Jackson’s release by the San Antonio Spurs last week came as a shock to many. Nobody saw it coming, and many people were led to believe that Jackson was happy being part of the San Antonio organization. That clearly was not the case — at least not recently.

The day he was released, Jackson hinted at a possible conflict with coach Gregg Popovich.

“I would never say a player is better than me when I know their not. Not for no one,” Jackson wrote on Instagram.

He then tagged his note with a hashtag saying you and I know what’s really going on.

Jackson made it pretty obvious that he was dissatisfied with being behind players on the depth chart whom he thinks he’s better than. He elaborated on that thought in an interview with Sister 2 Sister Magazine.

“We had a disagreement,” Jackson said in reference to Coach Popovich. “He wanted me to agree to players being better than me, and I didn’t agree. I’ve been in the NBA a long time, so it’s just something I didn’t agree with and something I have no control over. He’s the coach. He controls who plays, and he controls the team, which I do respect. At the same time, I know what I can do and what I been doing my whole career, and I’m far from ready to hang it up. So, I can’t let one person tell me where I’m at 35-years-old. To me, it just didn’t make no sense.”

Jackson also says he expressed his unhappiness with his role on the team prior to the trade deadline and all-star break, and that he wishes they would have released him sooner so he could have joined another team.

I’m not 100 percent sure about whom Jackson is referring, but I’m guessing it’s Kawhi Leonard. Leonard was the team’s first-round pick in 2011 and has seen a big minutes boost this season. He’s also played well for San Antonio, and you cannot really disagree with the results; the Spurs secured the second seed in the Western Conference.

Who can really be surprised about Jackson having an issue with the team? He’s had problems everywhere he’s played, so it was only a matter of time before he had an issue with the Spurs. I’m honestly shocked he went this long without really having a big disagreement with the team.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk