Greg Popovich Rumors

“They were already like that,” Popovich said of the San Antonio’s personnel. “Can I make Manu Ginobili non-competitive? Probably not. People are who they are. So I think trying to figure out what one might [need] in a program and what you think fits best for your culture or for your style of coaching is part of the equation when you bring guys in, whether it’s the draft or free agency.”
All those years, all those championships and the incredible run of unparalleled success, and the memories that he still can’t seem to shake are the ones from those two fateful Finals games inside the American Airlines Arena. Game 6 — with the unwelcome help of LeBron James and Ray Allen, a five-point lead with 28 seconds remaining in regulation becomes an overtime loss. Game 7 — a 95-88 loss that left Popovich and his Spurs reeling. “Uh, it’ll be a horrible memory walking in that gym,” Popovich told USA TODAY Sports by phone on Thursday as his team headed for its Friday night game in Atlanta. “If I said anything different, I’d be the biggest liar that ever lived. How could I say, ‘Yeah, no problem. Well, it was a tough night.’ That’s (expletive). We all know that. “So the truth is that it will be horrible walking in there. I’ll think about it right off the bat, but it won’t be any different than what I think about every day. At some point during the day, it goes through my head. I’ve said it a lot of times. My hope is that over time I’ll think about it every two days, and then every week and then every month and then that kind of thing.”