Gregg Popovich Rumors
Michael C. Wright: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich just said there won’t be “any magic tricks” in this series considering all the familiarity between San Antonio and Oklahoma City. Pop said neither team “is trying to re-invent the wheel” and that this game will come down to all the basketball things that secure wins: execution, not turning over the ball, etc.
They asked OKC superstar Kevin Durant about what makes the Spurs such a challenging matchup. The Oklahoma City superstar responded by gushing over Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “No matter how many moving parts they have on the team, he always stays consistent with what he does,” Durant said after the Thunder shootaround this morning at the AT&T Center before Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. “Having a coach, a really good coach is probably the most important thing in this league. Because you can have all the great players you want, but if you have someone to orchestrate it, that’s what they have. They’ve got great players, but they also have a great coach to put them in positions that utilizes all their strengths as individuals and make it come together as a team.”
Tom Orsborn: Aldridge had an incredulous look after a reporter asked him if the players need to be self-critical in such a lopsided series. Said LaMarcus Aldridge, “Do you know who our, uh, coach is? I mean, I don’t think we still haven’t done anything right so far.” #Spurs