Gregg Popovich Rumors
After Rasual Butler worked out for the Spurs last month, this time with Gregg Popovich in attendance, he was urged to consider coming to training camp. Popovich didn’t make any promises, though — “I don’t even promise (Tim Duncan) anything,” the longtime head coach joked. “If I did, he wouldn’t believe me” — but he did inform Butler he had a good shot to make the roster. “He’s a seasoned pro in a sense that he knows himself, he knows what role he can play,” said Popovich. “He’s at a stage in his career where he just wants to be a part of something that’s just positive and good. He obviously can shoot the basketball. If he couldn’t shoot, we wouldn’t be talking to him. You got to have a skill to play. For all those reasons, he’s somebody that’s got a great shot to make our team.” Butler had another Western Conference team interested, but decided San Antonio would be the best fit. Now he’ll need to rely on the one thing that he’s done so well over the years if he plans to make the team: shooting.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told ESPN’s Sage Steele that he will continue coaching even after long-time Spurs Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili retire. Popovich said that he made a commitment to the newly signed LaMarcus Aldridge upon his arrival in San Antonio from the Portland Trail Blazers. “Signing LaMarcus [Aldridge], I had to make a commitment,” Popovich said. “I couldn’t say, ‘LaMarcus, we would love to sign you, see you later.’ So I committed to those guys and I committed to LaMarcus. So, I’ve got to fulfill my promise.”