Gregg Popovich suggests to a reporter that they switch jobs
Gregg Popovich is fondly considered to be one of the best head coaches in NBA history. After becoming unsatisfied with the San Antonio Spurs’ direction, Popovich found himself taking the head coaching position in 1997.
Two years later, the Spurs won their first championship with the combined efforts of David Robinson and Tim Duncan. Later, Popovich would lead the Spurs to four more championships. Just when many perceived his title window to be closing, the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat in 2014, even against the likes of a prime LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Popovich’s brilliant insight and basketball IQ has given his team an advantage over many teams, regardless of their talent. In fact, many head coaches such as Steve Kerr and Brett Brown have learned from the wisdom of Popovich.
Though, throughout the years, Popovich has built a reputation for being a grimacing hot-head. He has constantly made sly remarks to reporters and media personnel, which has given him a negative look across the league.
Popovich has toned down a bit in recent years, playfully joking around with reporters nowadays. On Monday, Popovich even quickly reprimanded a reporter for not recognizing the Spurs’ defensive problems, according to Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News.
Popovich castigates reporters for not properly diagnosing Spurs’ defensive woes. Me: “What you want us to write AND coach?” Pop: “I don’t want to coach. Let’s flip. But I get to keep my contract.”
Popovich’s humor is definitely not for anyone. His nonsensical approach can sometimes rub others the wrong way, but he generally means well and showed that today with this remark. It now appears that the Spurs coach is handing over the keys to his job to the highest bidder, without pay that is.