Alas, nearly two decades removed from the height of the…

Alas, nearly two decades removed from the height of the Spurs/Lakers rivalry, Popovich admits that there is realistically little of that animus that lingers from those peak levels of enmity between the teams … even when they’re in the same building. “Do I have to be honest?” Popovich said. “It ain’t the same. We always talked about the Cold War and the Soviet Union, and when that was no more it was a real letdown. … They’re still the Lakers, but after we went up against Shaq and Kobe so many times, for so many years, it’s hard to negate that and say: ‘Nah. This is the same.’ It’s just not.”
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