Gregg Popovich: Praise for opponents from coaches is ‘baloney’
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is not really known to be a sentimental guy, so it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that he’s not really interested in coaches praising rival players.
Popovich said it’s “baloney” when NBA coaches praise their opponent’s players, adding that it “doesn’t mean anything.”
Gregg Popovich said he doesn't have an opinion on Brad Beal's development because he leaves scouting up to his assistant coaches. Then he said of other coaches complimenting opposing players, "Everybody just tries to stroke everybody. It's the way of the world…It's all baloney" pic.twitter.com/Y5MhSB4LQ1
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) January 27, 2019
It’s safe to say the reporter won’t get the quote he was looking for about Bradley Beal’s ball-handling. Popovich won’t even accept praise from his former assistants, so don’t count on him dishing it out freely himself.