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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich jokes about not having to watch film on Hawks’ Trae Young

Gregg Popovich, Trae Young

The San Antonio Spurs are gearing up to play the Atlanta Hawks, who are led by rookie guard Trae Young. He is a key player to understand and stop if a team wants to succeed against Atlanta.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is, apparently, not a believer in that. According to Kevin Chouinard on Twitter, Popovich claims never to have seen film on Young.

“No. I saw him in college a little bit. I don’t have to guard him. It’s those guys’ problem, not mine.” Popovich said.

He is right. It is not Popovich’s job to be on the court covering Young, but he should probably at least know what he is up against. And he, of course, does.

In response to Young’s game-winning basket in the preseason, the Spurs coach had only a single thing to say per Chouinard.

“He has pretty good range, doesn’t he? A fun guy to watch for sure.” Popovich said.

The Hawks are 22-43 on the season, but they can surprise people. Especially Young who is clearly in the running for Rookie of the Year. Many believe Luka Doncic to be the clear cut choice, but Young is averaging 18.2 points and 7.8 assists per game. Not to mention his 49 point outing in four overtimes against the Bulls. And don’t forget about his range.

Popovich is a very good coach, he knows what is going on with his upcoming opponents, and with teams around the league.

He knows that Young and John Collins are the players to watch for, just apparently not before tip-off.