HoopsHype Gregg Popovich rumors

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Coach Gregg Popovich had joked at media day about starting a betting pool on how much Diaw would weigh upon rejoining the Spurs prior to their recent exhibition games in Berlin and Istanbul. That prompted Diaw to share the aforementioned photo, earning minor buzz on social media. “He commented on what I was doing in France while they were practicing here,” Diaw said. “I was just chilling. It wasn’t far from the truth. … I was expecting it, because they were coming back to work and I was still on vacation.” San Antonio Express-News

Diaw reintegrated himself smoothly, however. The Frenchman averaged 6.5 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in the two games, providing the same Swiss-army-knife versatility that was such a crucial asset during the Spurs’ championship run. Best of all, any concerns about Diaw ballooning over the offseason proved to be unfounded. “Boris looked fine and he’s ready to go,” Popovich said. “He’s always played with a little more weight, and he knows how to use it. He’s fine.” San Antonio Express-News

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“That’s very possible. I always said that [he'd leave with Duncan], because it’s kind of a funny line. It seems pretty logical and smart to do that. I know where my bread is buttered,” Popovich said with a laugh. “But I basically made the same commitments to Manu [Ginobili] and to Tony [Parker] that when they signed contracts, they wanted to know if I’m going to be here and I tell them I am, so it’s pretty tough to go ahead and leave.” Washington Post

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Popovich, in his own way, is always trying to surgically tweak brains. It's not manipulation as much as it is a search for the clearest, most honest message. He doesn't want to do what the Heat did, which is not handle success well. A year ago, even as he said he was tormented by Game 6, Popovich secretly loved that the disappointment could be used as fuel. So facing the opposite problem now, is he concerned? “I'm worried for one reason,” he said. “They are human beings. They are going to feel satisfied.” San Antonio Express-News

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“The thing that separates Popovich from many other coaches is his simplistic view of how the game should be played. He thinks the game should be played to make others better, not just focus on one individual. Let’s use everyone!”. Spanish Hoops

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