Gregg Popovich Rumors
Tony Parker has a good idea when he’ll be able to get back on the floor again. “When Dr. Popovich says so,” Parker said with a chuckle. That day is still more than a month away, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says, but it is coming more quickly than anyone envisioned when Parker went down with a ruptured quadriceps tendon in last season’s playoffs. The next step is a return to full-court 5-on-5 scrimmaging, which Parker hopes to do this week.
The Spurs and Timberwolves stood for the national anthem as normal. But after the anthem, both squads locked arms while still standing on their respective ends on the court. San Antonio franchise icons Tim Duncan and David Robinson also locked arms with the Spurs, as the team played a message of unity in slideshow fashion across the scoreboard that drew thunderous applause from the fans in attendance. A league source said the Spurs’ players felt strongly about putting out the message and that Duncan attended the game just to be a part of that message. The last time Duncan had attended a game at AT&T Center was when the Spurs retired his jersey in December.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich explains here how he made the mistake of trying to change LaMarcus Aldridge as a player when the power forward first arrived in San Antonio: “I did talk with him several times during the summer. He just didn’t feel comfortable. It’s 98.75 percent on me, and whatever’s left – because I can’t subtract that much – on him. But I tried to change him. I thought back to when Timmy [Duncan] came, and people said, ‘What are you going to do with Tim Duncan?’ I said, ‘Nothing. I’m just going to watch him for about six months, see what he does. He’s a pretty good player, and if there’s something I think I can add, then I’ll do it.’ With LaMarcus, he got here and on Day 1, I said, ‘OK, you’re going to do this, and you’re going to do this pump fake.’ I tried to change him. I tried to make him a different player, and I think that really affected his ability to feel comfortable and confident on the court. And we took care of that, basically by me letting him know that we were going to do it differently, and that it was on me, not him.”
Pop said he couldn’t watch the Gordon Hayward injury. Happened while he was at dinner. Said he was watching game but looked away for a second. When he was informed about what happened, Pop said he refused to look.
Coach Pop called me up after hearing the President’s remarks explaining why he hadn’t mentioned the four US soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger. Trump said, “President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”