Spurs’ Gregg Popovich reveals his favorite moment with Boban Marjanovic
LA Clippers center Boban Marjanovic is one of the most lovable players in the NBA, and he started out his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs during the 2015-16 season. He only played in 54 games and started just four games for the Spurs, but he was easily a fan favorite in San Antonio averaging 5.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game.
Marjanovic was offered a big three-year, $21 million deal by the Detroit Pistons in the 2016 offseason, and while head coach Gregg Popovich wanted to keep him on the team, there was no way he was going to let Marjanovic turn down a lucrative deal like that.
In fact, according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News, coach Popovich had to sit Marjanovic down once he received the offer to tell him there’s no way he should turn it down.
“He’s such a good kid, at some point I had to work to get him to understand that $21 million was different than $3 million,” Popovich said. “I said, ‘Get your ass out of here. Go. You’ve got to do it.’ But he felt bad.”
Marjanovic’s career took him to the Motor City in Detroit, and one year later, he was traded to the Clippers alongside Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley. With the Spurs in town to take on the Clippers on Tuesday night, I asked head coach Gregg Popovich about his favorite moment with Marjanovic despite only having him for one season.
“I dont know if there’s any one incident,” said Popovich with a smile, then a pause as if he was recalling the times with Boban. “He’s one of the most joyous and lovable people I’ve ever been around. He always seems to be happy, always seems to enjoy whoever he is with and is just a wonderful human being. That’s the way I remember him. Every time any of us see him, we just start to smile and giggle and enjoy being with him.”
Over the last couple of months, however, Marjanovic has begun showing that he’s also big on dancing, which has made him a favorite of Clippers fans and NBA fans alike. Did he ever show off some of his moves at practice where Pop could see?
“Not that I can remember, no,” Popovich grinned.
I ended up asking #Spurs coach Gregg Popovich about his favorite Boban Marjanović moment/memory. He called the #Clippers center one of the most joyous and lovable people he's ever been around, just a wonderful person to be around. pic.twitter.com/ngJERSNyi3
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) April 4, 2018
With all the love Marjanovic has been shown by Clippers fans as well as his great relationship with Harris, it would be surprising to see the pair separated. One thing is certain: wherever Boban is, he’s surely making others smile.