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February 10, 2015 Updates

"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

Popovich didn’t want to talk about himself, even though he was asked. He went on and on about one of his favorite players to this day, George Hill, who he had the chance for a few years before they traded him home to Indiana. He didn’t want to discuss the meaning of a potential 1,000th career win in his home state — he was born in East Chicago, Indiana — which he would get hours later as the Spurs edged the Pacers, 95-93. “Oh geez, here we go,” Popovich replied. “So you ask questions like that, which demands trite answers, right? You already know the trite answers so just go ahead and say them and I’ll say I said it.” Vigilant Sports

He was asked about what keeps him around the league he joined in 1988 as a Spurs assistant. “As you might expect, just the guys,” he answered, and then opened up a bit. “The guys, the gym, the comradery, joking on the bus, sticking each other in practice, and the challenges still feel good. Every year is a different challenge. You start over again. Doesn’t matter if you didn’t go to the playoffs, or you got knocked out in the first round or you won a championship, the next year is a new year and everything is different and you have to deal with it. So that challenge is fun still. When that stops being fun, then I’ll stop doing it.” Vigilant Sports

But there were also plenty of other positive moments, most notably the signing of a massive new media deal that will triple the NBA’s revenue. Then there was the Spurs’ hiring of Becky Hammon as the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history, a moment Silver singled out in a video interview with USA Today. “I think the hiring of Becky Hammon is a wonderful step for the league,” Silver said. “The fact it was done by the NBA champions makes it all that much more special, and done by R.C. Buford and Gregg Popovich for basketball reasons. Becky Hammon is someone I’ve known for a long time, when she was a WNBA player. San Antonio Express-News

February 9, 2015 Updates
February 8, 2015 Updates

He had a strong reaction to the firing of Vaughn. Both were on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio. “I personally think the impatience is completely unrealistic,” Brown said. “When you look at the realities of his roster, he did a good job. There is no hint of patience in that situation, in my humble opinion. Jacque is a friend of mine. I’ve known him for many years and I don’t know what message it sends to anybody. I’m just speaking from a personal standpoint. I’m sorry to see that situation happened.” Boston Globe

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