In his time as campaign manager for former Texas congre…

In his time as campaign manager for former Texas congressman Pete Gallego, Sam Cooper came to expect to hear Gregg Popovich’s name outside of basketball conversations. In San Antonio, Popovich is shorthand for leadership, dignity and excellence. Cooper worked in the district where Popovich lives — if the Spurs coach had an approval rating among those constituents, it would be through the roof. “Every San Antonio politician has a Gregg Popovich metaphor that they use to death,” Cooper said. “You can’t go to a political event from city council on up where someone doesn’t bring up Gregg Popovich and compare themselves to him. He’s a convenient political metaphor.”
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So when he learned Rose left the Cavaliers on Friday to re-evaluate his future in the NBA, James Johnson said his heart goes out to his friend and former teammate. “He’s going through a lot right now,” Johnson said. “He keeps coming back from injuries after injuries, it takes a toll on you, just rehab and treatment. It also takes a toll on you when you know you’re not getting back or you’re going through the same repetitive rehab and treatment.”