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January 19, 2015 Updates

Quin Snyder may have been an assistant to Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and a successful college head coach at Missouri. But at Snyder’s first coaches’ retreat seven years ago, he was the new kid in class trying to get away with mumbling an answer. “I was just listening, but then I got forced to say a few things, and Pop goes, ‘what the hell are you talking about, Quin?’” Snyder recalled. “But getting comfortable in those environments, where you felt like you earned the respect of the leader and the staff, to be accepted into that group was really important.” NBA.com

One of the biggest moments for Snyder? Riding on the Spurs’ team bus. “That really was a big thing,” Snyder said. “Becoming a part of the staff was earned. It was more of an organic thing. It wasn’t a title handed to me. If it happened in a different way, it wouldn’t have meant as much.” Snyder has kept close ties to the Spurs since leaving the Toros. In 2013-14, he was an assistant for the Atlanta Hawks under Budenholzer. NBA.com

Gregg Popovich was his usual non-communicative self before the game when asked by a Utah reporter to evaluate the Jazz. Here’s how the exchange went: Reporter: “Since you last saw the Jazz, they’ve played .500 ball. What do you think about them?” Popovich: “Uh, I haven’t watched them.’’ Reporter: “Haven’t you scouted them or anything?” Popovich: “I don’t do that.’’ Reporter: “Do you know anything at all (about the Jazz)? Popovich: “I know that two sides of an isosceles triangle are equal.” Deseret News

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Obama peppered his remarks with punchlines, making light of 38-year-old captain Tim Duncan’s graying hair, Popovich’s at-times brusque relationship with the media and the coach’s penchant for resting veteran players. “I was thinking about sending the vice president to this event so I could stay fresh for the State of the Union,” Obama joked. “With all due respect,” Popovich retorted, “when I sit stars, I get fined.” San Antonio Express-News

Obama made note of the international makeup of the Spurs’ roster, which boasts an NBA-record nine foreign-born players, calling them “the U.N. of basketball.” He also praised the Spurs for good deeds done in the San Antonio community, including work with the food bank, literacy programs and veterans groups. Before heading to the White House, the Spurs spent the morning visiting wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. San Antonio Express-News

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is notorious for giving short, terse in-game interviews that border between funny and rude. How do you approach these interviews? Burke: I am absolutely scared to death every single time. You laugh, but I'm serious. [ESPN announcer] Mike Breen has asked me if he could say on air how much Pop actually likes me and respects me. I said he can do what he would like, but it doesn't make those interviews easier. I don't want to be made a fool of on TV. That's an awful experience. And I'm not joking; I'm absolutely terrified. My heart is pounding and I'm trying to make it look like I'm not sweating. The key with Gregg is he does not want to be led in any way. So I offer no opinion. I ask the most open-ended question so Pop can give me his explanation. Louisville Courier-Journal

There was one time where he answered both of your questions by just saying 'turnovers,' right? Burke: Yes. We tape those during the breaks so the coaches can get back to their huddles as quickly as possible. So I asked him what I believed were two very good questions and he says 'Turnovers. Turnovers.' So I'm walking back to my seat and blinking back tears and my producer is in my ear, 'You've got to tell me when he's that funny.' But I didn't think it was funny. To the rest of America it's entertaining and must-watch TV, but not to the person going through it. And I'm not the only one who's scared. Louisville Courier-Journal

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