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Gregg Popovich gives pep talk to San Antonio Food Bank staff

Gregg Popovich

One of the NBA’s most prominent coaches is putting his motivational skills to work for essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich got on a conference call with staff members of the San Antonio Food Bank days after the nonprofit fed 10,000 households at a drive-thru distribution. With staffers tired and funding in question, Popovich lifted the spirits of everyone involved.

“He told them some stories about some tough games and how to get through a crisis,” Food Bank president and CEO Eric Cooper told Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News.

Popovich even took questions from staff, and Cooper said one staffer asked him why Tim Duncan was benched in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals.

“He said, ‘We are just entertainers playing a sport that doesn’t mean much, but you guys are serving the community,'” Cooper said. “Our staff and volunteers really appreciated it.”

This fits perfectly with Popovich’s demeanor. He looks serious, and he is when he’s coaching, but he’s very aware of the role basketball plays in the world and knows that there are people doing a lot more important work. This is his way of giving back.

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