Spurs coach can pop off at any time

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:22 PM ET

TORONTO - The NBA coaching fraternity is generally a pretty entertaining bunch, but Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich perhaps stands alone.

The crusty 62-year-old taskmaster does things only one way his way and that includes how he deals with the pre-game drudgery of meeting with the press.

The man who has guided the Spurs to four NBA titles was in rare form ahead of Wednesdays tilt with the Raptors.

The first clue came when he got arena personnel to switch off the overhead lighting and then, the small light on a camera recording the scrum.

If you dont need it, turn it off, the former Air Force intelligence gatherer said rather sternly, the first sign this gathering would be a tad out of the ordinary.

Daily bantering

After a few less-than revealing answers to queries, Popovich explained why he doesnt take much pleasure in his daily bantering with the media.

After a certain number of years you get tired of the same old stuff. You hate asking (questions), I hate answering, Popovich said, before adding jokingly, Im not that helpful, I know that. Ill make up some stuff. I get funny.

And he actually did. To whit:

On the importance of the game: Well probably get our asses kicked by 25.

On whether surprising rookie Gary Neal is a good defender: No.

Is that because hes a rookie? came the followup.

No, hes just bad, Popovich said a deadpan Popovich.

When questioned whether the fact the first-place Spurs were yet again being slept on bothered him, Popovich quickly retorted: Weve only been together here for a four-minute period, but what do you think? You think I give a damn about what anybody says about anything?

No lobbying

He also said the Spurs have not fought at all to try to get ex-Raptor Matt Bonner into the all-star three point competition.

We dont do much lobbying. We could care less.

And thats the beauty of Pop and his Spurs. They march to their own beat and thanks to their years of success, nobody can tell them it is the wrong one.


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