Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  18 responses

Gregg Popovich Confirms Spy Status

Gotta love Pop: “In a Twitter post Tuesday afternoon, Nash joked that Popovich’s success as a head coach was derived from his time as ‘an American spy in Russia.’ ‘He’s absolutely correct,’ Popovich said. ‘I spent all my military time in Russian basketball courts and different cities collecting as many out-of-bounds plays as I possibly could. Now I finally get a chance to employ them.’ Hack-me-not: In the 2008 playoffs, Popovich made news by purposely fouling then-Suns center Shaquille O’Neal in order to put the poor-shooting big man on the foul line. Asked if he would continue the strategy against O’Neal’s replacement, the sharpshooting Channing Frye, Popovich said no. ‘We’d only do that with Shaq, because he expects it, and I think he’d feel badly if we didn’t keep doing that with him,’ Popovich said, adding, ‘I can’t wait until we get to Cleveland.”’

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  • http://www.nba.com Light

    This guy is just awesome

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Too awesome.

  • marvin

    Great to see a man with his amount of success in the league having such a great personality and attitude.

  • riggs

    lmao pop is refreshingly hilarious

  • hughdat

    I have never liked the spurs, I think they are a pretty unlovable team outside the great country of Texas … but I will always respect Pop, and admire him tremendously.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I love Pop and everything about that team. I would definitely be a season ticket holder if I lived in San Antonio. They truly seem like they love the game and the comraderie even more.

  • heartlandG

    I couldnt tell if it was sarcastic or not…He was foreal foreal a spy? lol

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    and I think he’d feel badly if we didn’t keep doing that with him,’ Popovich said, adding, ‘I can’t wait until we get to Cleveland.”’

    pop is the best. i remember when he had finley foul shaq 1 second into the game and shaq looked around all confused until he saw pop laughing and giving him the thumbs up.

  • Tim

    Pop would be a great coach to play under, even as a bench player, He takes things serious when need be but most of the time just lets players be themselves

  • JD

    God i love dis guy, says a lot about the job he’s done in San Antonio that they’ve had a poor start and no one has even thought that he could possibly ever get fired

  • LA Huey

    I remember when Pop had Finley foul Shaq right after tip-off a year ago. Shaq looked over at the Spurs bench and saw the coaching staff cracking up.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    I thought Nash said he was a spy WORKING for Russia.
    The Popovich response was better than just that, he pretended to get all disgusted after hearing what Nash said and declared “I’m incredibly upset with Nash! I thought he was a competitor! Now I learn he’s just a TWEETER!”

  • http://na Audie C Gates

    I agree with Pops philosophy. When you talk too much, your words lose their impact. “In quietness & confidence shall be your strength.”

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    pops the best, outside of doctor Phil maybe..

  • http://www.pchgames.com/games/tri-peaks-solitaire.aspx spursfan1

    Pop is great…he knows when to be serious and when not to be. And as far as the Spurs being mostly not loveable out state of Texas…this team is 1 of the few in pro-sports that do NOT have egos. If you watch their tv commercials they make fun of themselves all the time. They don’t do big $$ commercials,mostly local stuff;unless its for the NBA.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    I remember that too Huey. First game of the season haha. Or maybe it was Christmas? Either way it was hilarious.

  • Sturm Drang

    I think Phil is a better psychologist and thus can squeeze a bit more out of the teams he gets, but Pop is a more complete coach (especially since he’s also has control over the players).

    The Spurs could have been a lot better this season if they’d had just the slightest of different personnel decisions over the past few years (if they’d kept Luis Scola and Beno Udrih), but all things considered, Pop’s long term track record is pretty darn good if that’s the worst to be said about his player selection.

  • DMC14

    Down with the spurs.