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Fixing the playoff problem is easier said than done, but this dialogue isn't going away. And, somewhat surprisingly, one of the advocates for change is someone who has flourished with the ways of the old world: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "I just think it would be more interesting, because you'd have more good teams or teams that performed better, and I think it's more fair," said Popovich, whose Spurs have won five championships since 1999. "If you can take the top 16 teams, you just do it. It's better competition for the fans. It's the best teams. It's fair. … It's a good enough notion that it should definitely be talked about." USA Today Sports

Popovich, who also strongly supports a shorter regular season and sees that debate as tied to this one, is the first to acknowledge that increased postseason travel would present a problem. Nightmare scenarios such as Miami vs. the Portland Trail Blazers or a Los Angeles team vs. a New York team, in which teams would be forced to crisscross the country several times are bound to happen, but Popovich thinks those are wrinkles that could be ironed out. "I would go for it, even though you have more travel," he told USA TODAY Sports. "We have computers now. There are ways that you can make sure that people get the right amount of rest and a fair amount of rest and one team doesn't get the shaft and another team gets it easy. I think there would be a way to make things work with maybe a few less games (during the regular season), so that we could have the rest needed, because right now it's out of whack. USA Today Sports

March 13, 2015 Updates

“Kyrie Irving was unstoppable. I don’t know how to guard that,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He did a hell of a job. We all know how talented he is, but he really went to a new level tonight. He had a hell of a night and that talent just got us.” Akron Beacon Journal

March 10, 2015 Updates

I have to imagine you've had other opportunities to get back into the league. Have you passed up jobs like this in the past? Vlade Divac: Well yeah, I still keep very close relationship with the old guys that I had some time (with) during my long-time NBA career. I have friends all over the place. One of them — and he's probably an icon now in the NBA, somebody who had vision a long time ago, somebody who actually is probably the reason why I came to the NBA in the first place — that's (San Antonio Spurs coach) Gregg Popovich. (He) was one of the first, let's say, NBA people, to start exploring in the late '80s outside the NBA. He was the reason why we all came in '89, that first wave of European guys, which I had a lot of respect for the coach. I had an opportunity to talk to him the other day, he was very happy that I came back to NBA. I asked for some advice from his people. USA Today Sports

March 7, 2015 Updates

Popovich was one of several NBA personages who taped welcome-back messages for TNT broadcaster Craig Sager, who returned Thursday night to his role as a sideline reporter after battling leukemia. “Good to have you here,” Popovich said in his videotaped message. “Congratulations on meeting and winning against a hell of a challenge. Our challenge is pale by comparison to what you just did. We’re all happy for you. “Now the probing, incisive questions will begin to roll. We’re all looking forward to it, as well as the fashion statement each week.” San Antonio Express-News

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Actually, the Spurs are “almost all-in except one man”–Gregg Popovich, the coach and team president, who’s only part-way in, according to GM R.C. Buford. Buford, one of the most popular speakers at Sloan, described their process for me last week: He gets the numbers that his analytic people develop. The ones he sees merit in, he passes along to Pop, who, he notes, is “old school.” This, of course, is a polite phrase for someone who looks like a T-Rex to sideline reporters. In other words, the Spurs use analytics judiciously. Of course, I’m dying for one of the sideline guys to ask about their use of advanced stats and see if Pop devours him on the spot. Forbes.com

February 20, 2015 Updates

Saying he was “shocked” to learn of the death of former NBA forward Jerome Kersey, coach Gregg Popovich remembered the one-time Spur as “a warrior” who was instrumental in helping establish the team’s culture of professionalism. Kersey, a member of the Spurs’ first NBA championship team in 1999, died Wednesday at 52 of pulmonary thromboembolism related to a blood clot in his lung. “For us, he was a warrior,” Popovich said before Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. “He shot it pretty good, he was a decent scorer, but mostly he was a heck of a teammate. He was a rough-and-tumble guy on the court. He gave every body confidence with his physicality. He was something else.” San Antonio Express-News

February 18, 2015 Updates

Most seasons, the NBA trade deadline is but a rumor in San Antonio. Typically light on tradeable assets, and with an organization-wide ethos that values continuity above all, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford are generally content to let the day come and go without making a splash. Expect Thursday’s deadline to be one of those. “The chances we get anything done are probably zero-point-four,” Popovich told the Express-News after the Spurs practiced Wednesday in Santa Monica. In that, it will fit with most Spurs’ trade deadlines. Their most recent significant deadline-day deal came in 2012, when they dealt starting small forward Richard Jefferson to Golden State for Stephen Jackson. San Antonio Express-News

February 11, 2015 Updates

"I've watched them more than I've watched us, I think, because I've enjoyed it so much," he said. "He's doing a fantastic job, and it has very little to do with O's and X's. It's about putting a program together. All coaches know O's and X's. We all know that. There's no secret plays. He's not running anything secret that nobody's seen before or anything like that. It's about the program, it's about the process, it's about putting a group together that believes in each other, plays for each other, feels responsible for each other and gotten over themselves. It's all those things he's instilled. They've bought in, and they walk the walk." USA Today Sports

"There are a lot of things that I enjoy in the world, and basketball is probably not the No. 1 thing," Popovich revealed. "It's my job, but I don't bleed it like a lot of people. I don't think I'm a lifer. (ESPN analyst and former coach) Hubie Brown is a lifer. He's a real basketball guy. For me, it's my job. I try to do it well. I love basketball. I'm from Indiana, but I'm just not a lifer. "There's a nuance there, but ... I can win a game and be fine, (and) I can lose a game and be fine. And I move on. I don't get excited for the win, or deflated because of the loss. I just move on to the next day." USA Today Sports

February 10, 2015 Updates

The San Antonio Spurs gave coach Gregg Popovich quite the gift on Monday night, and the Indiana Pacers were unwilling party favors. In a thrilling fourth-quarter comeback, San Antonio defeated Indiana 95-93 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and secured Popovich's 1,000th career win, all earned with his Spurs dynasty. However, the night could have been quite the victory for the Pacers, who led by 14 points entering the fourth quarter and still led 89-79 with 6:46 remaining. USA Today Sports

"I've been here a long time and I've had good players. That's the formula," Popovich said. "Getting the players is difficult, but I've been fortunate to have good ones. The time, that's the most important element. You have to be around for a while I guess." "A thousand wins, that's a lot of wins and I feel very lucky that I've been with him for a lot of them," Tony Parker said after scoring 19 points. "We've experienced so much stuff together. I'm just very happy for him." USA Today Sports

Interviews at the end of a quarter are pretty worthless, rarely result in any useful note and are despised by coaches and reporters alike. But that’s not him, at least much of the time. In fact, the Spurs head coach is a very thoughtful man. We (media) got good Pop on Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He can be moody and rarely is this good, one veteran Spurs beat reporter told me. Vigilant Sports

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