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Gregg Popovich has honest quote about coaching young players

Gregg Popovich looking on

Feb 8, 2020; Sacramento, California, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich on the sideline against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

For the bulk of his career, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was coaching experienced veterans contending for NBA titles. The last few years have been a bit different, to say the least, with the Spurs in rebuilding mode playing a lot of young players.

Popovich discussed the major difference on Friday, and had a pretty funny assessment of things.

The veteran coach admitted that there are times when he questions what he is doing and why he is still putting in the effort. But he said that those doubts fade when he gets to practice and sees how fired up the players are.

The Spurs are just 19-54 and almost all their regulars are in their early 20s. Popovich was well aware of where his team stood even before the season started, so none of this is surprising to him.

Popovich turned 74 in January. It is fair to ask how much longer he plans to coach, especially since the team is not contending. Despite that, he still seems as committed as ever.


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