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March 31, 2015 Updates

``I think about him every time I step on that floor,’’ Borrego said candidly of Popovich’s influence. ``And I constantly refer to him, think back to him and wonder what he would do – while still trying to be my own coach. I have to find my own way through that, but I do often think about him.’’ In his nearly eight weeks on the job as the Magic’s interim coach since taking over for the fired Jacque Vaughn on Feb. 5, Borrego has faced off against former coaching colleagues in Monty Williams (New Orleans), Brett Brown (Philadelphia) and Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta). While those meetings were certainly packed with emotion for Borrego, this is entirely different. This is the pupil against the master; the former intern against the living legend; interim against incomparable. NBA.com

``I was so fortunate to even get a few minutes with him my first year, and he didn’t even know my name,’’ said Borrego, who quickly became known as `J.B.’ to Popovich. ``But as the year went along, we spent more time in the film room together, just Pop and I one-on-one watching film. I would say nothing. He would watch. And slowly but surely, he’d begin to ask me questions. We’d talk basketball. Our relationship just continued to grow. He put me in great positions to grow as a coach, as a basketball individual.’’ NBA.com

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The Spurs knew he would miss the first two months of this season recovering from surgery, but of the decision to commit $12 million to keep an injured free agent, Popovich says, “It wasn’t even a question. Obviously he can shoot the basketball and has a lot of energy. But he’s beloved on this team for his enthusiasm, his kindness, his understated gravitas. As long as I’m here, he’s going to be here. Unless we can’t afford him.” Sports Illustrated

March 24, 2015 Updates

It might as well have been one of the veteran sideline reporter’s trademark outlandish suits to Gregg Popovich, who was thrilled to greet his long-time friend during the Spurs’ weekend trip to Atlanta, less than a month after Sager returned to duty following his lengthy battle with cancer. “It was good to see him,” Popovich said at Tuesday’s shootaround. “I hadn’t seen him in a while. He’s been doing all his medical work. So to see him dressed up and colorful and out (in public) was a lot of fun. He looked good. He’s a friend, a heck of a big part of the NBA for a very long time.” San Antonio Express-News

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Ohm Youngmisuk: Fisher on his relationship with Popovich: "We have a very strange relationship because we have literally cost each other a lot... A lot has been at stake when we played. Last night was probably the least meaningful game we've ever played against each other" Twitter @NotoriousOHM

March 17, 2015 Updates

Fixing the playoff problem is easier said than done, but this dialogue isn't going away. And, somewhat surprisingly, one of the advocates for change is someone who has flourished with the ways of the old world: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "I just think it would be more interesting, because you'd have more good teams or teams that performed better, and I think it's more fair," said Popovich, whose Spurs have won five championships since 1999. "If you can take the top 16 teams, you just do it. It's better competition for the fans. It's the best teams. It's fair. … It's a good enough notion that it should definitely be talked about." USA Today Sports

Popovich, who also strongly supports a shorter regular season and sees that debate as tied to this one, is the first to acknowledge that increased postseason travel would present a problem. Nightmare scenarios such as Miami vs. the Portland Trail Blazers or a Los Angeles team vs. a New York team, in which teams would be forced to crisscross the country several times are bound to happen, but Popovich thinks those are wrinkles that could be ironed out. "I would go for it, even though you have more travel," he told USA TODAY Sports. "We have computers now. There are ways that you can make sure that people get the right amount of rest and a fair amount of rest and one team doesn't get the shaft and another team gets it easy. I think there would be a way to make things work with maybe a few less games (during the regular season), so that we could have the rest needed, because right now it's out of whack. USA Today Sports

March 13, 2015 Updates

“Kyrie Irving was unstoppable. I don’t know how to guard that,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He did a hell of a job. We all know how talented he is, but he really went to a new level tonight. He had a hell of a night and that talent just got us.” Akron Beacon Journal

March 10, 2015 Updates

I have to imagine you've had other opportunities to get back into the league. Have you passed up jobs like this in the past? Vlade Divac: Well yeah, I still keep very close relationship with the old guys that I had some time (with) during my long-time NBA career. I have friends all over the place. One of them — and he's probably an icon now in the NBA, somebody who had vision a long time ago, somebody who actually is probably the reason why I came to the NBA in the first place — that's (San Antonio Spurs coach) Gregg Popovich. (He) was one of the first, let's say, NBA people, to start exploring in the late '80s outside the NBA. He was the reason why we all came in '89, that first wave of European guys, which I had a lot of respect for the coach. I had an opportunity to talk to him the other day, he was very happy that I came back to NBA. I asked for some advice from his people. USA Today Sports

March 7, 2015 Updates

Popovich was one of several NBA personages who taped welcome-back messages for TNT broadcaster Craig Sager, who returned Thursday night to his role as a sideline reporter after battling leukemia. “Good to have you here,” Popovich said in his videotaped message. “Congratulations on meeting and winning against a hell of a challenge. Our challenge is pale by comparison to what you just did. We’re all happy for you. “Now the probing, incisive questions will begin to roll. We’re all looking forward to it, as well as the fashion statement each week.” San Antonio Express-News

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Actually, the Spurs are “almost all-in except one man”–Gregg Popovich, the coach and team president, who’s only part-way in, according to GM R.C. Buford. Buford, one of the most popular speakers at Sloan, described their process for me last week: He gets the numbers that his analytic people develop. The ones he sees merit in, he passes along to Pop, who, he notes, is “old school.” This, of course, is a polite phrase for someone who looks like a T-Rex to sideline reporters. In other words, the Spurs use analytics judiciously. Of course, I’m dying for one of the sideline guys to ask about their use of advanced stats and see if Pop devours him on the spot. Forbes.com

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