Gregg Popovich: ‘I Keep Waiting for the Hammer to Fall’

by February 15, 2011

Pop continues to explain away the Spurs’ stunning success this season with humor and repeated warnings that their good fortune could turn on a dime. The Star-Ledger reports: “It was 42 days ago, at Madison Square Garden, when Gregg Popovich had his back pressed against a wall by the media horde and declared that the 29-4 pace his San Antonio Spurs had set was not likely to hold up — no way, no how, no chance, and let’s talk a month or two from now. So now Pop’s team is 46-9, which is still obscene, and nobody really knows how high is up. ‘I just assumed it probably wouldn’t last — the record was too good, and a lot of teams were injured, and we’ve been lucky that way, we haven’t had any super (serious) injuries or anything,’ the coach said. ‘But now we’re X games beyond that — maybe close to two-thirds through — and we still have a pretty good record. I keep waiting for the hammer to fall — somebody get injured, and we lose five of seven or something like that. But so far that hasn’t happened.'”