Gregg Popovich goes full Pop with perfect Boban Marjanovic description
Much has been said about how Dallas Mavericks big man Boban Marjanovic is a genuinely nice guy. The most recent NBA personality to heap praise on the gentle giant is non other than Boban’s former coach with the San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich.
Coach Popovich started off by destroying his former player in true Pop form, without even blinking an eye.
“(He’s) hard to get along with, no sense of humor, horrible teammate, never works on his game, un-coachable,” Popovich said with his trademark zero emotion tone, via Tim Cato of The Athletic. “Just destroys a locker room, a cancer.”
Gregg Popovich could not keep up the jest much longer, though, and finally revealed his true feelings about Boban
“No, he’s one of the all-time great guys, and you all know that,” Popovich continued.
“He’s a special, caring, loving, upbeat guy. And he’s a better player than everyone thinks. But you couldn’t ask for a better professional, a better teammate, for sure.”
Marjanovic played under Popovich in San Antonio for just one season, during the 2015-16 campaign. That was enough to leave an impression not only on the legendary coach, but on his former teammates as well.
This season, Boban has played a minor role for the Mavs, averaging just 9.1 minutes per contest off the Dallas bench. He has been able to put up 6.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in his limited run, as he continues to be a per-minute monster.
Marjanovic is not exactly a key piece for the Mavs this term, but he will surely play an important role for the squad as it looks to make a deep run in this year’s edition of the postseason.