Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 2:30 pm  |  26 responses

Gregg Popovich ‘Scared to Death’ as Spurs Advance to Second Round

Gregg Popovich may be overseeing a basketball juggernaut that mows down opponents with extreme prejudice – the San Antonio Spurs have posted a stunning record of 30-5 since March 1st – but the brilliant head coach continues to fret over their fortunes as they go deeper into their postseason run. From the Express-News: “Coaches torture themselves over success, and Gregg Popovich has been lately. He’s been wondering out loud among his staff that, well, wouldn’t it be better to lose a game? ‘That’s why,’ one of his assistants kidded him, ‘you are coach of the year.’ Popovich wasn’t laughing. He’s felt the winning streak has become a burden, and he didn’t like the feel that a relaxed first round was giving his players. It’s the same reason he also dislikes 20-point leads in the first half. So what happened Monday, when the Spurs coughed and sputtered toward a sweep, gave him hope. Popovich can treat the latest win like a loss, and he will take the Spurs into the film room to see a few things. Or, as Stephen Jackson put it with a smile, ‘Pop’s got something to teach on.’ […] Asked after the game if getting some time off will help, he said flatly, ‘I don’t think it will.’ The Spurs might not play again for a week. That’s a lot of time to worry. But that’s also a lot of time to fix every one of Monday’s missteps, and it will have to begin with what went right. Popovich didn’t manage minutes this time; his players did. But Popovich will correct more. He will use what Monday gave him, and he will manufacture some anger, and he will approach what comes next as he always does. ‘As usual,’ he said, ‘scared to death.’”

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  • Money

    Popovich has become with coaching and teamwork what Phil Jackson was made out to be with marketing and superstars.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    dude is the best coach in the league and my favorite. What a cool guy.


    Coach Pop needs something to bi/tch about. It centers him. lol

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    This man is amazing.

  • vtrobot

    Never been a Spurs fan as they were usually beating the teams that I was rooting for, but I would love to see this Spurs crew win one more championship. So much respect for Pop and Tim and Co. – KG vs. Tim, Doc vs. Pop Finals, please.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    i need to put a Pop poster on the wall right next to my MJ poster. and it has to be a picture of him looking visibly frustrated/irritated. that’s when Pop’s at his best, kinda like when MJ sticks his tongue out.

  • http://www.thesmashbrothas.com zen garden

    He came in to the restaurant where I work at a few days ago. Cool dude and good tipper.

  • LA Huey

    He’s quite a character. Best coach in the game.

  • permaculture james

    The man hates the post game interviews (I love to watch his!) but also seems to have a great sense of humor for a guy that’s so surly – but forget that. The dude can coach.

  • house

    Class act, I loves me some Pop coaching.

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  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Next X-Men movie, cast Pop as Professor X.

  • jayrose

    So much respect for him…I’m rooting for him to get one more ring with the old group…..good luck!

  • Sarah

    It’s too bad they cut the question. It was, “How confident are you now going into the next round and potentially winning a championship this year?” Then the response, “As usual, scared to death.” Classic Pop.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    him and duncan are on the all-interview team. the public should force them to have a show after their retirement. it’ll be endless grumbling entertainment.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Hell yes Caboose. Phil Jackson as Magneto.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Kirk Hinrich as Cyclops.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Durant as Angel, Reggie Evans as Beast, Manu as Wolverine, Pekovic as Colossus, and Bosh as Marvel Girl.

  • lakernation

    He scared of chris paul and the clips!

  • Rnz

    @caboose almost choke on my breakfast reading your comment..LoL

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Tim Duncan as the sentinel.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Kevin Garnett as Sabretooth.

  • Mike Mihalow

    Parker as Nightcrawler. Scalabrine as Apocalypse.

  • Mike Mihalow

    LeBron as Mystique (so he can turn into someone else in the Finals).

  • Dennis Lippy

    POP is doing everything he can to keep his team in the moment….He knows that this team is the deepest and overall best team he has had and is certainly championship capable….POP knows his team will have to play 48 every game in order to raise that trophy….This team has the ability to apply pressure for 48 minutes to all opponents and that is why the SPURS will win 12 more games….No other team has that total team ability and must rely on their stars to win every game; while the SPURS do not….The SPURS bench will win at least 4 of the next 12.

  • Rodrigo Schmidt

    What can he say? The guy is a perfectionist! Great coach.