The Golden State Warriors routinely beat their opponents into submission on the court, and then adding insult to injury, consume their thoughts off the floor.
Just ask Gregg Popovich, who basically admitted during All-Star Weekend that the defending NBA champs are impossible to game-plan for.
Pop, though, says he loves watching the Dubs play.
The Warriors entered the All-Star break with the best record in NBA history after 52 games and have won one major admirer here at All-Star Weekend: West coach Gregg Popovich from the rival San Antonio Spurs.
“I’ve spent more time thinking about Golden State than I have any other team I’ve ever thought about in my whole career,” Popovich said on Friday. “Because they are really fun. I’d go buy a ticket and go watch them play. And when I see them move the ball, I get very envious. When I see them shoot uncontested shots more than anybody else in the league, it’s inspiring. It’s just great basketball. […] So I’m actually enjoying them very much. You try to solve them, but they’re in a sense unsolvable because it’s a particular mix of talent that they have. It’s not just that Steph [Curry] can make shots or that Klay [Thompson] can make shots or that Draymond Green is versatile. Everybody on the court can pass, catch and shoot. And they all get it.”
“They’re for real,” Popovich added. “They’re talented. But they’re also very, very smart.”