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Articles tagged: Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich has hilarious quote about Steve Kerr’s son interning with Spurs

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Steve Kerr’s son Nick is currently interning with the San Antonio Spurs, and Gregg Popovich is taking the necessary steps to ensure he isn’t a double agent.

Before the Spurs played the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, Popovich had this funny joke about the younger Kerr, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic:

For Popovich, who always enjoys a good laugh at the Kerrs’ expense, you can never be too safe when it comes to your biggest Western Conference rival. Maybe the elder Kerr should check to make sure that his son isn’t wearing a wire at Thanksgiving dinner this year as well.

Gregg Popovich ejected from Spurs-Warriors game (Video)

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Gregg Popovich was ejected from Thursday night’s San Antonio Spurs-Golden State Warriors game after being hit with a pair of technical fouls late in the game.

Pop’s Spurs were down 101-89 to the Warriors with under five minutes left in the game when the coach grew upset over what he felt was a missed traveling call. He became animated on the sidelines, leading to a tech. He kept it up and got hit with a second tech, which necessitates an ejection.

Some audio seemed to show that Pop had called the official a “terrible f—ing referee,” leading to the ejection.

Pop probably didn’t mind getting tossed at that point, as his team was down by double-digits with not much time left.

Gregg Popovich has funny explanation for team’s offensive success

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Gregg Popovich usually treats his in-game interviews with plenty of disdain, but that wasn’t the case on Wednesday night.

Popovich was interviewed by ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy between the first and second quarter of the San Antonio Spurs’ game against the Miami Heat. Van Gundy asked Pop how he was able to get the team to play so well offensively despite not having Tony Parker. Pop’s explanation will make you laugh.

A Gregg Popovich who actually shows respect for his in-game interviewer? One who actually jokes with the interviewer? Who is this man?? We’re used to seeing so much more disrespect in the past.

Gregg Popovich admits mistake in handling of LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge

Gregg Popovich admitted a mistake in the way he handled LaMarcus Aldridge during the forward’s first two seasons with the team.

The San Antonio Spurs signed Aldridge to a four-year, $80 million contract two years ago. Aldridge did not exactly show his best stuff in those two years, as many of his numbers last season dropped to his lowest since his rookie season. The Spurs did not lose faith in him, though, as they gave Aldridge a three-year, $72.3 million extension this week.

Now entering his third season with the team, Popovich is expecting big things from Aldridge after the two worked things out this summer, with Pop conceding his mistake.

“He just didn’t feel comfortable and it’s 98.75 percent on me, and whatever is left because I can’t subtract that well. I tried to change him,” Popovich said Wednesday, via

“I thought back to Timmy, and people said, ‘Oh, what are you going to do with Tim Duncan,’” Popovich said. “And I said, ‘Nothing, I’m just going to watch him for six months and see what he does. He’s a pretty good player. And if there’s something that I think I can add, then I’ll do it.’ With LaMarcus, he got here and on day one I said, ‘Okay, we’re going to do this. And (Jack) Sikma did this. And you’re going to do this pump fake.’ I tried to change him. I tried to make him a different player.’”

Popovich said that in conversations with Aldridge this summer, he took responsibility for trying to change Aldridge. Their conversations lead him to feel like the forward will feel more comfortable this season. The Spurs sure could use him to emerge as a strong No. 2 option behind Kawhi Leonard.

Kawhi Leonard will miss start of season with thigh injury

Kawhi Leonard

Spurs swingman Kawhi Leonard has missed the team’s training camp and preseason with a left thigh injury. It isn’t clear yet when he will be fully recovered, but we do now know that Leonard will miss some regular season time.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters Friday that Leonard will not play in the team’s regular season game against Minnesota Wednesday in San Antonio.

“He won’t be available,” Popovich said.

Popovich didn’t have a timetable for Leonard’s return.

“I don’t gauge it,” Popovich told reporters. “He’s still rehabbing and when he’s ready, he’ll be ready. I try not to qualify it.”

Leonard last season averaged 25.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. He was a finalist for the NBA’s MVP award.

Gregg Popovich again goes after ‘disgusting’ Donald Trump

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been one of President Donald Trump’s biggest critics in the sports world, and he did not hold back Monday when asked about Trump’s latest comments.

Asked to weigh in on Trump’s comments about NFL players and his non-invitation to the Golden State Warriors, Popovich did not mince words about what he thought, calling his actions “comical” and saying he has made the country an “embarrassment.”

Popovich also said the Spurs would fully support any player who wished to protest or speak out against Trump or racial injustice.

Popovich has not been afraid to criticize Trump before. With sports and politics colliding, it’s no surprise that he would pull no punches here.

Jonathon Simmons did not get along with Gregg Popovich?

Did a rift with head coach Gregg Popovich help precipitate Jonathon Simmons’ sudden departure from the San Antonio Spurs?

In an appearance on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Thursday, Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated said Simmons and Popovich did not get along particularly well.

“Toward the end of last season, I was hearing some rumblings that him and Pop weren’t the best of friends,” said Spears. “I think Pop didn’t like some of the showboating that Jonathon Simmons does — dunking on people, staring … Also I’m kind of hearing that [Simmons] felt a little handcuffed playing for the Spurs, so perhaps it wasn’t the greatest fit.”

The 27-year-old Simmons spent the first two seasons of his NBA career in San Antonio but averaged just 16.6 minutes per game over that span. He agreed to a three-year, $20 million deal with the Orlando Magic on Friday, just one day after being officially renounced by the Spurs.

Simmons’ play style can border on flashy at times, and either way, players who feud with Popovich unsurprisingly don’t tend to last for long in San Antonio.

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Gregg Popovich: Criticism of Warriors is ‘disrespectful’

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The Golden State Warriors on Monday finished off a sweep of the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, making them 12-0 in the playoffs so far.

The Warriors were expected before the season to compete for the NBA title and reach their third consecutive finals, which they have done. Despite the lofty expectations, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich says not giving credit to Golden State is “disrespectful.”

Pop’s Spurs know first-hand just how good Golden State is, and he wants that to be recognized.

Even though the Spurs lost Kawhi Leonard in Game 1 of the series, the scores by which Golden State beat them in the final three games was nothing short of impressive. The Warriors won by scores of 36, 12 and then 14 to end the series.

Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard ‘not thrilled’ about being held out of Game 3

Kawhi Leonard

The San Antonio Spurs will once again be without MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard in the Western Conference Finals, and Gregg Popovich says his star is not happy about it.

Pop made the decision to hold Leonard out of the game as a precaution because of the forward’s ankle, which was injured in Game 1.

The Spurs were crushed by Golden State in Game 2 of the series. That was after they held a lead for most of Game 1 before losing at the end.

The Game 2 blowout defeat had Popovich figuring his team didn’t believe it could win without Leonard. So now that they’ll be playing without Kawhi in Game 2, what could be different?

Leave it to Pop to show a sense of humor. The Spurs trail the Warriors 2-0 in the series but will at least be at home for Saturday’s Game 3.

Gregg Popovich does not think Spurs believed they could win without Kawhi

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The San Antonio Spurs were left searching for answers after getting crushed 136-100 by the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night.

Head coach Gregg Popovich was asked after the game to account for the poor showing. The best theory he could come up with to explain the debacle was that his Spurs did not believe they could win without Kawhi Leonard — their best player — who was out with an ankle injury.

“It’s not what I expected. I’m disappointed. And the only way I can process it is … it’s not about O’s and X’s rebounds or turnovers. I think we maybe felt it too much — Kawhi being gone,” Popovich said.

“As I watched, I don’t think they believed. You have to believe. I don’t think as a group they really did. Which means probably a little bit of feeling sorry for themselves. That’s the way I process it. I don’t think they started the game with the belief, and it showed in the lack of edge, intensity, grunt, all that sort of thing. That was disappointing,” said Pop.

“But when you’re playing a team as good as Golden State, you’re going to get embarrassed if that’s the way you come out. And we did.”

The only positive for Spurs fans is that Pop is more optimistic for Game 3.

“Game 3 I expect to see a much different team.”

Game 3 will be on Saturday, and there’s enough time between the games that Leonard is currently questionable for the contest. San Antonio better hope he’s healthy for it. And if he isn’t, they better start believing they can win even without him.