A Gregg Popovich quote has captured the attention of NBA fans online.
On Saturday night, the San Antonio Spurs played host to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Though the game was not very competitive, there were plenty of highlights. Fans got to witness rookie sensation Jahlil Okafor go up against established big men in LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan. He proved worthy of the hype by scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Aldridge put on quite a show himself with 17 points and 19 rebounds. The legendary Spurs chemistry, unselfishness, and teamwork was on full display as five players scored in double digits.
However, none of that gained as much attention as when Popovich gave an interview afterwards.
Popovich doesn’t always play nice with the media. He does not like providing them with much fodder. In very many ways, Popovich is the NBA version of NFL head coach Bill Belichick. It should come as no surprise to sports fans that the two of them have a mutual admiration of one another.
Saturday night was the exception to the rule.
When asked about the mediocre 76ers, Popovich candidly admitted that he would last approximately a month as the coach of the franchise, according to a report from CBS Sports.
Popovich, though, was not bashing the franchise. In fact, he was praising head coach Brett Brown by stating that he actually loves coaching the Sixers despite their inability to win a lot of games. Popovich is used to winning. He has won nearly 1,500 games since taking the helm of the Spurs back in 1996. During that time, he has captured the NBA Championship on five different occasions.
Brown received the praise since he is a former protege of Popovich. The 54-year-old spent more than a decade under Popovich in San Antonio, where he worked as director of player development and as an assistant coach. Brown’s work with the Spurs was a major reason why the 76ers offered him the head coaching position. They wanted someone from a winning organization to come change the atmosphere in Philadelphia.
The self-admission that Popovich needs talented players to win games is another thing of interest.
The Gregg Popovich quote is something that Phil Jackson has never uttered in public. The former head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls embraces the notion that he is the greatest NBA head coach of all time. His critics, however, have pointed out the amount of talent that he has had on his roster over the years. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and Shaquille O’Neal are among the greats that have played for Jackson.
Fans have debated between Jackson and Popovich as being the best coach of all time.
It is nice to see that one of them admits that talented players were a factor.
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