HoopsHype Gregg Popovich rumors

April 22, 2014 Updates

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was named NBA coach of the year on Tuesday, making him just the third coach in league history to win the Red Auerbach trophy three times in his career. Popovich has received the league's top coaching honor in two of the last three seasons, joining Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to win the award three times. In a career full of masterful coaching performances, Popovich may have delivered his best in season No. 18. USA Today Sports

April 21, 2014 Updates

Like pretty much everyone else who saw it, Craig Sager said he was touched by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s message of encouragement to the ailing sideline reporter in his battle with leukemia during Sunday’s playoff game with Dallas. Popovich even pledged to take it easy on Sager should he return to the sideline, a welcome change from the gruff treatment Popovich usually metes out. But Sager told Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch on Monday that he wouldn’t have it any other way. “It was just fabulous, an uplifting, tremendous thing for me,” Sager said of Popovich’s address, which was delivered as his son, Craig Sager Jr., stood in while wearing one of his flamboyant outfits. ”Pop saying he wanted me back and then promising to be nice? I was like, Oh, my God, that’s unbelievable, what an honor. But then I started thinking about it: If I come back and Pop starts being nice to me, it just wouldn’t be right. I want him to go Serbian on me.” San Antonio Express-News

Toward the end of the regular season, Kerr was doing a TNT game between the Mavericks and Spurs in Dallas. Speculation about Kerr possibly coaching the Knicks had already been rampant for a few weeks. Before the game, Kerr spent a good 30 minutes behind closed doors with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, with whom Kerr won two more championships as a player. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall. CBSSports.com

April 20, 2014 Updates

As Craig Sager undergoes treatment for leukemia, his son Craig Sager Jr. filled in for him on the sidelines for Game 1 of the Spurs vs. Mavericks in San Antonio Sunday and interviewed Gregg Popovich after the third quarter. Known for their history of hilarious interviews, Pop offered a heartfelt message to Sager to get well soon, “We want your fanny back on the court and I promise I will be nice!” beyondthebuzzer.com

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Adelman, meanwhile, believes Popovich should be in line to claim his third Red Auerbach trophy this summer. “He should be coach of the year,” Adelman said. “Even though he probably doesn't want it, I think he deserves it. They've had guys out, they've got 60 wins again, they've got the best record. It says a lot.” San Antonio Express-News

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich doesn't think Tony Parker's latest stay on the injury list will be a long one. The 31-year-old point guard did not travel with the team for Tuesday's 110-91 loss at Minnesota, and he will not be on hand for Thursday's game in Dallas. But Popovich says Parker, who is dealing with a sprained facet (pronounced fuh-SET) joint in his back, should be healthy enough to return at some point before the end of the regular season. “I don't think it's that serious,” Popovich said. “He got a (painkiller) shot in there, and he's got to let it calm down. For sure this week, the next couple of games, he's not going to be able to go.” San Antonio Express-News

April 8, 2014 Updates

It was a comment Spurs fans have been clamoring to hear since, oh, about five games into Kawhi Leonard’s rookie season. Gregg Popovich, speaking last Sunday before Leonard would enjoy perhaps the best game of his young career, is finally ready to unleash his third-year small forward. “We want to up his minutes,” Popovich said. “He’s going to play more minutes (in the playoffs) than Tim Duncan does probably, more minutes than Manu Ginobili probably. This is his stretch run and he needs to be in shape for it. He’s never really been able to do this because it was a lockout season or we had to limit his minutes last year. This is the first time he’s been able to lay it out there.” San Antonio Express-News

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