HoopsHype Gregg Popovich rumors
Popovich, meanwhile, is the longest-tenured active coach in North American sports. He also is expected to return for an 18th season on the Spurs' bench. “I think vacation is overrated,” the 64-year-old Popovich said during the Finals. “You can only grow so many tomatoes or read so many books.” Popovich has long joked that he will follow Duncan out the door when the time comes, and that still might hold true. It just won't be this summer. San Antonio Express-News
So, instead of preparing for a victory parade down the San Antonio River, the Spurs spent Saturday morning cleaning out their lockers at the team's practice facility. "I don't really want to do a soliloquy, but the elephant in the room is that we're all hurting because we had an opportunity to win a championship right in the palm of our hands and it didn't happen," Popovich said. "So, that hurts, and it will dissipate over time, but right now it hurts everyone to varying degrees." NBA.com
Will losing the title in such heartbreaking fashion makes it tougher for the Spurs to rebound next season and compete for another title? "That's the kind of articles you guys write," Popovich said, deflecting the question before cracking a smile, "That we always read. ... I read every one of them, I swear. I swear, I read every one." NBA.com
Popovich's mood, along with the rest of the team, was lifted by the thousands of fans who greeted them at the airport Friday afternoon upon their return from Miami. The reception shamed, humbled, inspired and ultimately touched Popovich. "I'll be honest with you, when you saw the crowd, the first feeling I had was embarrassment," Popovich. "We wanted to bring it home for them so badly. Was just embarrassed that we didn't get it done and then as you look at them all and they just keep cheering you realize, my gosh, you really felt the love and the way they care for these guys and their team and then it did make it easier. Like, `Hey, they're with us.' " NBA.com
Jeff McDonald: To those calling for DeJuan Blair or others ... Pop said don't expect any new additions to rotation unless "there's disaster at hand." Twitter @JMcDonald_SAEN
Popovich, on Spurs guard Manu Ginobili using the term "devastating" to describe Tuesday's loss, "That's how a competitor feels. A competitor feels it deeply and really, really tough loss in that regard. And I expect Manu to feel like that after the game. South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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