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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  13 responses

Gregg Popovich Continues to Mentor Mike Brown


Gregg Popovich and Mike Brown will try to beat each other tonight when the Lakers visit the Spurs. According to Brown, his student-teacher relationship with Pop remains very much intact, years after they worked together. From the OC Register: “Brown has a lot of extended family in Philly, but his parents and both his sisters live in San Antonio. They relocated there after seeing San Antonio’s virtues while Brown served as Gregg Popovich’s assistant coach with the Spurs in 2000-03, appreciating the warm weather and cost of living. In some ways, Popovich is family, too. ‘Times get tough at certain times for me,’ Brown said. ‘He’s probably the guy that I reach out to more than anybody else, and he knows me well enough to where if I haven’t reached out to him, I’ll see I got a phone call from him or a text from him. He’s been great for me — and not just for me, but for my entire family.’ And despite him coaching the Spurs and Brown the Lakers now, Popovich made clear he’d eagerly assist Brown as long as it wasn’t directly related to Spurs vs. Lakers (at which time Popovich said he’ll kick Brown’s behind). ‘He still helps me out,’ Brown said. ‘He’s just a real human being. He knows people very well, and that’s probably his strongest strength. He’s a terrific, terrific people manager. He helps me in a lot of ways, not only on the floor but off the floor in my personal life.’”

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  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Who cares, I want a new coach now. Did Pop help Brown in Cleveland too and look at what happen there. BOOK IT!!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @The Seed. I swear its been 2 or 3 years and you still don’t know how to use the term “book it.”

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    @Seed…yeah a cellar dwelling Cavs that became instant contenders.

  • Ben Ireland

    @Niq
    Hahahah.
    I completely agree with nearly all of The Seed’s points on here, but the “book it” thing, never really got it… Like the other guy, who said “Make it happen, Walsh” after EVERYTHING.
    “Lebron scored 30 last night… Make it happen, Walsh !”

  • robb

    Brown is a slow learner it seems. And everybody knows Cleveland succeeded because of Lebron James.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    @Robb…A coach always/should gets a percentage of a team’s success. Even if you’re Michael Jordan.

  • Mike Mihalow

    Brown’s not playing Kobe tonight! What a slap in the face, cheater!!!11

  • 23

    any advice from pop can only lead to good things.

  • Greg

    The reason Pop is such a good coach (and he IS great) is because Tim Duncan was willing to tow the line…its that simple. If Tim does as he’s told, who are you not to do the same thing. George Karl tells a story about other coaches teasing Pop because everybody knows TD is the best player AND person…no drama, outstanding work ethic, tough, clutch, unselfish, intelligent, keeps other players in line, reps correct in the community. It’s basically the same as directing Morgan Freeman, you just leave him alone and watch greatness occur.

  • robb

    @The Fury OK, Brown deserves 1% of the credit for telling the team, “give the ball to Lebron”

  • shawnkemp4prez

    Just a random note: the Lebron-Cavaliers era was awesome. He was an absolute superhero back then. Yes, he is still amazing now, but with such a stacked Heat squad they don’t need to run as much iso, and that was what made him and the Cavs so thrilling to watch. Plus, the city of Cleveland went BONKERS every game, whereas Miami’s arena looks to be at 70% capacity on any given night. Damn shame.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Can Slam run a “Which Player are You?” now with Tim Duncan as Morgan Freeman? The last panel has to be just: they’re both God. Enough said.

  • ab40

    The San Antonio Spurs general manager and head coach have mentored have the leauge at the moment.

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