Monday, February 14th, 2011 at 3:01 pm  |  12 responses

Popovich: ‘[Winning] is Boring as Hell’

Doing the same thing over and over can get boring. When that thing is winning, though, usually that’s not a problem. But for Coach Pop, winning just isn’t doing it for him. Via San Antonio News-Express (spotted at CBSSports): “For Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, the first 52 games of the season have played like his own personal Groundhog Day. Every night, he dispatches the same starting lineup, uses mostly the same rotation, calls mostly the same plays, usually watches another Spurs’ victory, then goes home and eats dinner. Ho hum. ‘It’s like I don’t have a job anymore,’ Popovich said. Popovich, it seems, has discovered a downside to a 44-8 record. ‘It’s boring as hell,’ he said. The upside? Popovich says the Spurs’ apparent shift to autopilot has freed up more time for his real passions. ‘Wine and reading,’ Popovich said. And if you believe any of that, Popovich has a bridge in wine country to sell you. Players say Popovich has been just as engaged this season as last, when he started 25 different lineups and the Spurs had to struggle just to make the playoffs as a seventh seed. As the Spurs’ record has risen, so have the stakes, so have the expectations, and so has Popovich’s standard ‘He won’t let us settle,’ said guard George Hill, whose team resumes its rodeo trip tonight at Philadelphia. ‘He wants us to be the best team we can.’”

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  • http://www.boogiewillaims.com Boing Dynasty

    Ya? Tell that to the Cavs…


    Even before I started reading this, i was thinking the same thing Dynasty. Tell that to the cavs, raptors and wizards.

  • Riggs

    Oh crap, byron scotts arms just unfolded. RUN POP RUN!

  • dsleepy

    ^ lol

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Thank you NBA for not having the A.S.G. on Valentines day.. Now I can watch the game guilt-free. =)

  • Roc

    LMAO Riggs. It’s a good thing POP doesn’t have to worry about crossing paths with Scott or any of the Cavs at all-star weekend

  • robb

    Byon Scott is hating Pop

  • TSmoove

    Winning is boring…now losing…THATS what gets the blood pumping! The rush of having your job on the line with every game is something i want to live for…but alas…we just cant lose…a well

  • monkeyball

    If there is any justice in sports, this year’s NBA finalists will be the Spurs and the Celtics. Two TEAMS, not a collection of players surrounding two or three superstars.

  • Keith Bogans

    monkeyball your comment makes no f’ing sense. both teams essentially have their own big three.

  • K.a.

    I cant for the life of me figure out what spurs is doing different than last year. Maybe its just jefferson settling down n everybody being healthy.

  • Timothy Pete

    ha totally agrre with boing dynasty