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Quote of the Day: Popovich talks about his “marriage” to Duncan

Nov 27, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan

“He doesn’t really even talk to me that much, anymore. We’ve been married so long that we . . .”

Popovich trailed off. “Complete each other’s sentences,” chimed in a reporter…

“Half the things I say he doesn’t hear, the other half he tunes out if he did hear… because he figures it’s bull****. Manu’s [Ginobili] getting to that point, Tony’s [Parker] close to it… Time to go!”

— Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, talking about his relationship — his marriage — to Tim Duncan and the Spurs players, via The Truth About it.

Popovich is smart. He sees the writing on the wall. He has a successor lined up in Mike Budenholzer. We need to enjoy every minute of Gregg Popovich now while we can, because he is not going to be around forever, making sideline reporters lives hell. And we’ll miss him when he and Duncan ride off into the sunset together.

  1. lakerluver - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Why is it Pop is considered such a great coach and Phil doesn’t get enough credit for being a great coach? Phil’s critics say, “he coached MJ, Shaq, Kobe and Pip. But why don’t those same critics ever mention that Pop won all his titles with the greatest power forward ever and 3 more HOF players. Granted the Admiral was only there for the 2 of those titles, Pop has had Manu and Parker for their whole careers. I’m not intimating that Pop is not a great coach. I’m just questioning why some try to minimize what Phil has achieved. Is it because Phil didn’t stomp up and down the court and scream at his players? I don’t recall the great John Wooden doing that either.

    • fm31970 - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      What sane person would say Phil Jackson isn’t a great coach??

      Popovich and Karl’s teams are joys to watch, and both certainly have a way of getting their point across via the media. Both great coaches, too.

    • phaden27 - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      Half the world is still pissed off that the Laker organization didn’t re-hire Phil Jackson.
      Pretty old Phil is up there on the greatest coach ever lists.

    • totallyuselessme - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      Huh? Who is it exactly that doesn’t give Phil credit?

      Far’s I know he’s regarded as one of (if not the) greatest coaches of all time.

  2. wrenniekine - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    True… Most underrated coach all time!

  3. j0esixpack - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Homophobic rant by a PBT poster who ironically is fond of wearing clown make up in 3.. 2.. 1…

  4. paulhargis53 - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    fm: You need to realize you’re not dealing with a sane person in lakerluver.

    What kind of psychotic lunatic goes on a Spurs story and starts talking about Phil getting no respect?

    Pity this man, its all you can do for the likes of him.

  5. stayhigh_247 - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    As great a coach Pops is, he seems like a prick. Hopefully he doesnt treat players like that

  6. funktron2x - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Good lord, bro. Pop is beloved by those players. He is somehow both a master disciplinarian AND a player’s coach. Well, the second part is probably only true because he and RC only find players who want to be a part of the Spurs way. I can’t ever stop thinking that his time in military intelligence has given him a unique set of tools that help define his lofty status in the basketball coaching fraternity.

  7. phx1311 - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    Im starting to think lakerluver is kobe.

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