Scottie Pippen thinks Spurs’ Gregg Popovich is losing ‘his coaching feel’ because of all the 3-pointers
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich recently expressed how he is not a fan of the 3-point shot. As a matter of fact, the 69-year-old coach even went as far as saying that he has hated the 3-pointer for more than two decades now.
Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen voiced his opinion on the matter on ESPN’s “The Jump,” and the Hall of Famer explained why he believes Popovich might be losing touch of the game with the recent emergence of the 3-pointer:
“The 3-ball is the way the game is going, and if anybody can speak on this, coach Pop can,” said Pippen. “He’s probably losing a bit of his coaching feel over there. It’s more of a free-flow game now”
Pippen went on to explain how the game has changed so drastically, and how this might pose a problem for guys like Popovich whose style of coaching is more reliant on the tactical side of the game;
“When I played in the league, the 3-point shot was important, but it wasn’t that important,” he claimed. “In today’s game you gotta get up almost five 3s a quarter.”
Pippen does make a lot of sense here. The game has indeed changed dramatically, and unfortunately for guys like Popovich, it’s them who have to make the necessary adjustments to make sure they don’t get left behind.
It may be an uphill battle for Gregg Popovich, but he still is one of the best coaches in the game today, so we’re willing to bet that he will eventually figure things out.