HoopsHype Gregg Popovich rumors

July 15, 2014 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Spurs assistant, Sean Marks, will return to the front office, league source tells Yahoo Sports. Marks moved down to the bench to help Gregg Popovich this season, but plan was always to return upstairs. Spurs have big plans for Marks. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

July 10, 2014 Updates

Now the NBA's most successful active coach is on board for a while longer. “He's a great coach and it's very comforting for the young players that he's going to be around, at least for a while longer,” Green said. “I wouldn't want to play for anybody else. I'd love to play the rest of my career here and have him be with me and Kawhi (Leonard) and the rest of the young guys for our entire careers.” San Antonio Express-News

July 9, 2014 Updates
June 22, 2014 Updates

Buford talked about the future of the Spurs without Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, although they are likely to stay together at least one more season. Buford, a former assistant coach under Larry Brown and lead scout, is preparing for life after Duncan and Popovich — whenever that comes. “The Spurs Way has been different over the course of time,” Buford said. “It’s been built to fit the strengths of our teams. [Popovich and I] grew up under Coach Brown, and Larry thinks there’s a wino on the street with a perfect out-of-bounds play. He’ll listen to anybody. And I think we grew up under that burden.” Boston Globe

June 20, 2014 Updates

President Barack Obama gave coach Gregg Popovich a ring on Friday to laud the Spurs after crushing Miami in the Finals for their fifth NBA championship, the White House announced. This afternoon, the President called San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to congratulate him on his team’s resounding victory in the NBA Finals. The President praised the selfless teamwork, clear focus, and steadfast determination displayed by the Spurs and noted how impressed he was by the record- setting scoring by the team. The President called Popovich one of the nation’s finest coaches and a role model for young men across the country, and he is looking forward to hosting the team at the White House. San Antonio Express-News

June 19, 2014 Updates

Fans screamed "Go Spurs Go!" in unison at the slightest glimpse of a San Antonio Spurs player or coach floating down the River Walk. It was reminiscent of last season when the Spurs walked off their team charter to those chants, except the tone Wednesday night was much sweeter. The victory parade for Spurs' fifth NBA title was part celebration and part exorcism. "It is soaking in, but I'm still going to live it up for about the whole summer," NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard said. "(I haven't slept) very much. I've been trying to live the moment. It's been hard to sleep still. Thought I would get some sleep after we won the Finals, but I'm still celebrating. Go Spurs Go! San Antonio!" ESPN.com

June 17, 2014 Updates

Speaking today with Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio, Jerry West: “I’ve never seen a better coach than Gregg Popovich. He does less than more. But having said that, when he gets less, he develops it into something really good. They have a great development program down there. For a coach coming into this league, if they don’t hire people who are really competent, to take these young kids who haven’t made it somewhere but have talent and build a system they can prosper in, but more importantly to get these kids shoot the ball. When they got Kawhi Leonard, he was not a shooter. It tells you the significance of what they’ve done internally to improve their team.” San Antonio Express-News

June 16, 2014 Updates

Popovich was acutely aware the Spurs needed to retool around their other tower, the dominant Duncan. But he didn’t think Parker was the answer. Parker had already worked out for the Spurs, jet-lagged and tired after arriving from France. Popovich dismissed the workout and the player, labeling Parker soft and “just another little skinny guy.” R.C. Buford, Popovich’s assistant general manager, had watched Parker in Indianapolis. The Americans could not bottle him up. Grantland

“I thought that Jason Kidd being there, being the mentally tough person that he is and with his skills, would be the greatest education for Tony Parker,” Popovich told the New York Times. “And Tony can go play the 2; he was a scoring guard, anyway. As Jason gets older, let him move over to the 2; let Tony take 1. Brilliant, brilliant. Let’s go get this thing done.” “Tony did not love that idea at all,” he said. “We still tried to do it. And Jason didn’t come.” Grantland

During the presentation of the Larry O'Brien trophy, the under-the-radar owner in typical fashion quickly turned the spotlight away from himself to coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford. “They say that success starts at the top,” ABC's Stuart Scott said to Holt. “If that's the truth, what's your secret?” “My secret,” Holt said, “is these guys behind me: coach Pop and R.C. Buford. That's my secret. It doesn't start at the top; it starts with them.” San Antonio Express-News

June 15, 2014 Updates

Seventeen years later, Popovich is a likely Hall of Fame coach with four NBA titles and one win from his fifth. Hill has lived in San Antonio for the past 11 years and has spent several years coaching in China, Taiwan, and Japan. “It’s part of life — [Popovich] always wanted to be the head coach, I just didn’t recognize it quick enough,” Hill said. “Listen, the last two games they have played against Miami have been just phenomenal. They have kicked Miami’s butt from one baseline to the other baseline, every facet of basketball, they’ve dominated. They’ve done it as a team and that’s a credit to the players. “When you play that well, you have to give them credit. They deserve it. What you’re witnessing with this team is real.” Boston Globe

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