HoopsHype Gregg Popovich rumors

June 16, 2014 Updates

“I thought that Jason Kidd being there, being the mentally tough person that he is and with his skills, would be the greatest education for Tony Parker,” Popovich told the New York Times. “And Tony can go play the 2; he was a scoring guard, anyway. As Jason gets older, let him move over to the 2; let Tony take 1. Brilliant, brilliant. Let’s go get this thing done.” “Tony did not love that idea at all,” he said. “We still tried to do it. And Jason didn’t come.” Grantland

During the presentation of the Larry O'Brien trophy, the under-the-radar owner in typical fashion quickly turned the spotlight away from himself to coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford. “They say that success starts at the top,” ABC's Stuart Scott said to Holt. “If that's the truth, what's your secret?” “My secret,” Holt said, “is these guys behind me: coach Pop and R.C. Buford. That's my secret. It doesn't start at the top; it starts with them.” San Antonio Express-News

June 15, 2014 Updates

Seventeen years later, Popovich is a likely Hall of Fame coach with four NBA titles and one win from his fifth. Hill has lived in San Antonio for the past 11 years and has spent several years coaching in China, Taiwan, and Japan. “It’s part of life — [Popovich] always wanted to be the head coach, I just didn’t recognize it quick enough,” Hill said. “Listen, the last two games they have played against Miami have been just phenomenal. They have kicked Miami’s butt from one baseline to the other baseline, every facet of basketball, they’ve dominated. They’ve done it as a team and that’s a credit to the players. “When you play that well, you have to give them credit. They deserve it. What you’re witnessing with this team is real.” Boston Globe

When asked if he had any relationship with Popovich, Hill laughed and said, “No.” Hill said he doesn’t lament San Antonio’s success under Popovich. “If it was that hard [to deal with] I wouldn’t live here,” he said. “It’s not hard for me. I know what happened. It’s been interesting to watch the team grow. The great thing about the Spurs is they have a great team but they have really great people. It’s all come to fruition right now.” But when asked about those years, when the Spurs were in transition with an aging Robinson and before Duncan emerged as a possibility, Hill wishes things had turned out differently. “I didn’t have any idea [Popovich wanted to coach], I had an idea after the second year [in 1995-96] and two teams called and asked for permission to talk to me and they wouldn’t give them permission,” he said. “I had a pretty strong feeling at that point if he had a chance to fire me, he was going to. I probably should have just resigned and got out of here. I stayed and he got the job. I’m sure he had that in mind all along.” Boston Globe

If the Spurs win the title on Sunday, don’t expect Tim Duncan or Gregg Popovich to announce they will be riding off into the sunset. Duncan was vague on his future after practice on Saturday, while Popovich, San Antonio’s head coach, said he wants to keep on leading his perennial contender. “I don’t feel tired. I mean, I’m tired today, but I mean in general. I’d like to continue to coaching,” Popovich said, adding that he does not think about his legacy very often, but loves to coach. Toronto Sun

June 14, 2014 Updates

While Duncan made it clear he’s truly undecided, Popovich was a bit more willing to commit to continuing his brilliant career. “I don’t feel tired,” Popovich said. “I mean, I’m tired today, but I mean in general. I’d like to continue to coach.” Beyond this season? “Sure,” he said. “I didn’t think I was going to have to answer those kind of questions today.” NBCSports.com

June 13, 2014 Updates

But sources say the Spurs, to this point, are quietly operating under the assumption that Duncan and Popovich will indeed be back next season. Both of their current contracts, along with those of fellow Spurs pillars Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, expire after the 2014-15 season, provided Duncan decides to opt in. ESPN.com

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