HoopsHype Gregg Popovich rumors

November 10, 2013 Updates
November 9, 2013 Updates

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, a 1970 graduate of the Air Force Academy who served five years, endorsed the program but admonished the general public to remember veterans beyond the holiday. He also called on government leaders not to cut benefits to the families of veterans in need. “In a lot of ways, it's a joyous day if we all remember it to honor people,” Popovich said. “But in some ways, it's a sad day. They don't really get honored the way they should be. A lot of it is just pablum, but when it comes down to the nuts and bolts of what they need, they're really not getting everything. San Antonio Express-News

“How many vets and their families might have to do without food stamps because of what's going on? That program is huge to a lot of these families, I mean huge. It gets them through. And it may or may not be there because government's not very functional at this point. “It's a day to reflect and honor and also not lose sight of the fact that a whole lot more has to be done with what they've done for all of us.” San Antonio Express-News

October 27, 2013 Updates

If any of the above had happened — as opposed to the none of the above that did — the Spurs would be raising a fifth NBA championship banner to the rafters of their home arena on opening night instead of the Miami Heat raising their third. It is not the type of wound that heals over the span of a summer. “Suffice it to say,” coach Gregg Popovich said, “I've thought about it every day.” San Antonio Express-News

October 25, 2013 Updates
October 22, 2013 Updates

There was much debate over Gregg Popovich’s tactical choices over the last two games of the 2013 Finals, and rightfully so. That didn’t prevent him from nearly sweeping the coaches portion of NBA.com’s annual general manager poll, with was released on Tuesday. Popovich took first in: Best coach (75.9 percent of the vote); Best manager/motivator of people (51.7); Best in-game adjustments (27.6); Best offense (37.9). San Antonio Express-News

October 21, 2013 Updates

Spurs point guard Tony Parker left Saturday’s 121-96 preseason loss to Miami in the third quarter after banging a finger on the camera of a photographer seated on the baseline. Stephen Jackson sprained an ankle last season at MadisonSquareGarden tripping on a courtside waitress. In 2010, George Hill sprained an ankle after landing on a baseline photographer in Dallas. “It’s kind of like when you’re in your neighborhood. You keep telling people you need a stop sign, and they don’t change it until a kid gets killed and then they put up a stop sign,” Popovich said. “Somebody of stature is going to get seriously hurt by one of those guys, and then all hell will break loose.” San Antonio Express-News

October 20, 2013 Updates

Spurs point guard Tony Parker left Saturday’s 121-96 preseason loss to Miami in the third quarter after banging a finger on the camera of a photographer seated on the baseline. Parker’s left hand is fine, but his head coach was not thrilled with the cameraman’s proximity to the court at AmericanAirlines Arena. “It’s a danger waiting to happen,” Gregg Popovich said. San Antonio Express-News

October 19, 2013 Updates
October 15, 2013 Updates

The shutdown of the United States government which has gone on for two weeks with Republicans and Democrats divided on several fiscal issues, with thousands of workers furloughed due to Congress' inability to reach a compromise. When asked whether he had discussed the shutdown with his team, Popovich said no, in part because the team's international players, "think (the United States is) pretty silly." "We talk about a lot of things with the team," Popovich said. "We haven't gotten really specific with the shutdown... Most foreigners think we're pretty silly... and they're correct. It's children fighting over their toys, so to speak. It's got nothing to do with the public or what's good for the country. It's about winning and losing, and that doesn't do any of us much good. Hopefully they're going to get to some sort of agreement in the next couple of days that might be good for the American people. CBSSports.com

"It's funny how each of them talks about what the American people want. The leaders from one side, they talk and say 'The American People want...' How the hell do these people know what they want? They live in a fishbowl. And then the other side says the same thing. It's kind of comical, if it wasn't so dramatically devastating for so many people." CBSSports.com

Larry Brown, the highly respected and peripatetic coach then in San Antonio, had familiar suspicions about international players. Also, the Spurs had just drafted a forward out of Arizona named Sean Elliott. Paspalj appeared in only 28 games and averaged a meager 2.6 points in the 1989-90 season, his only one with the Spurs, and then became a celebrated player in Greece’s pro league. “Zarko could have had a 47-inch vertical jump and been the best shooter in the world, and it wasn’t going to happen because Sean Elliott was the American who had been drafted,” Popovich said. New York Times

It also apparently did not help that Paspalj, a garrulous character, had seldom been asked to play defense in his career and adhered to a training regimen that included copious amounts of pizza and cigarettes. Popovich believed so strongly in Paspalj that he invited the forward to live with him. And he took Paspalj to a clinic in Boston, where a Russian doctor was supposed to be expert at curing smoking through hypnosis. Alas, the cure remained elusive. After Popovich picked up Paspalj from the doctor’s office in a taxi, he turned to give the driver directions. He then looked over to see Paspalj lighting up a cigarette. New York Times

October 12, 2013 Updates

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich raved about the conditioning work Mills put in to get there. But his description of the Australian’s defense after the CSKA game was telling. “I would say erratic is the best adjective,” Popovich said. “He always kind of flung around in all sorts of directions. He creates a little bit of havoc in all directions, really.” San Antonio Express-News

October 11, 2013 Updates

It’s a topic that has come up on occasion under commissioner David Stern’s leadership, and one that commissioner-to-be Adam Silver has indicated will continue to be an issue for his administration to address. With Euroleague power CSKA Moscow having just left the AT&T Center after Wednesday’s exhibition season, it seemed like an appopriate question to ask the NBA’s most decorated active coach. Not surprisingly given Popovich’s “citizen of the world” personality, he says he would be open to such a move. “It gets talked about every year,” Popovich said. “I don’t know what the possibilities and realities are, whether it’s feasible or not.” “It sounds like a great idea. I think it would be pretty cool. Whteher it can be done or not, a lot of smarter people are trying to figure that out. The thing would be whether it’s financially feasible.” San Antonio Express-News

October 10, 2013 Updates

It should come as no surprise that Gregg Popovich, one of the first NBA figures to actively scout overseas during his earliest years with the Spurs, “absolutely” believes foreign coaches can do the job in the world’s top league. “A lot of guys could be coaching in our league,” he said. “Basketball has become an international sport. The coaches have improved all over the world, just like players have. There are good coaches and good players no matter where one might look.” San Antonio Express-News

Now the head coach with tonight’s exhibition opponent, CSKA Moscow, Messina indicated he’d jump at the opportunity to lead a team in the NBA. He also said he thinks it will be a “long time” before he or another qualified foreign coach gets the chance. “It doesn’t depend on you,” he said. “It depends on management, if they could trust you.” Said Popovich, “”A team just has to have guts.” San Antonio Express-News

October 1, 2013 Updates

“I think Kawhi is the new [Tony] Parker, [Manu] Ginobilli, [Tim] Duncan kind of guy,” Gregg Popovich said to HOOPSWORLD at Spurs media day. “He’s going to take over as the star of the show as time goes on. Timmy and Manu have obviously figured out a way to continue to play very well and be at the top of their games at their age. Tony is still young enough to be the star that he is, but he’ll get older too and that’s where Kawhi comes in. He’s been phenomenal. He’s improved more quickly than any player we’ve ever had because his mindset is such that he wants to be great and he has all the reasons to be so we have to put him in the position where he can be a great player.” HoopsWorld

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