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Tony Parker coaching the Spurs (video)

Jun 7, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

ESPN caught an awesome scene last night of Tony Parker coaching the Spurs during Game 1 of the NBA Finals. After speaking with Gregg Popovich first – surely just double-checking his message, but also implicitly showing he’s not staging a coup to San Antonio’s gameplan – Parker addresses his teammates on the bench.

My absolute favorite part of the video is how quickly Parker’s teammates lean in to listen intently as soon as he sits down.

  1. fanofevilempire - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I saw this last night when it happened, on espn about a gazillion times and now here.

  2. saint1997 - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    I saw this! It really surprised me but I think it’s awesome how Pop can stand back like that and acknowledge who is the leader of the team (well leaders, because rightfully so Tim is teaching some of them youngsters)

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      People act like Pop invented basketball.
      Phil Jackson did this too, all good coaches know when to shut up.
      Pop knew they stole that game from Miami and didn’t want to over coach.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        It’s not a zero sum game.

      • explosionsauce - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        You mad bro?

  3. bucrightoff - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    The model franchise in all of sports. Everyone buys in, everyone is committed, and the team is the only thing that matters. Pop had a great quote in the post game presser when someone talked about how the Spurs went from being Duncan’s team to Parker’s team.

    Pop’s response? “This is OUR team”

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      do you have tears in your eyes too?
      geez, just a few weeks ago Pop was his Jackass self
      on national TV during a sideline interview.

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        and you said model franchise of ALL sports, maybe
        you heard of the Yankees.

      • reasonablemindsays - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        Yeah that chemistry and leadership with A-Rod is certainly something to model

    • logisticalvoices - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Wow! I just saw this for the first time. That is awesome to watch.

      I’m usually (a bit) sarcastic with my comments, but I couldn’t be more serious now. This dynamic is a major reason why the Spurs are a dynasty.

  4. elnogo - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    That’s a team. Mutual respect and commitment to the system.

  5. elnogo - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Wish the knicks were like that.

  6. brotherlove2012 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Yeah right the Yankees, with the amount of money they put in they should be winning every year … Far from a model franchise IMO … Just the richest one …

  7. zacksdad - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    I like when he says if D-Wade pump fakes, do not jump. Not much faith that D-Wade can make a shot.

  8. inthearex - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    The point about the Yankees is that they have had sustained success for generations. Yea a-rod is a cancer but even with all the headaches and nonsense the team and fans deal with, we still see not winning a World Series a failure. That’s an awesome place to be in as a fan. Just ask the mets, who by the way had some money of their own.

  9. brotherlove2012 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    That’s also true, they also have a farm system that is second to none, I can give them that … :-) That along with the free agent signing they do is the key to their success. But money allows them some shortcut that are unavailable to many other teams out there, and that’s a fact.

  10. derekjetersmansion - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    looked made for the camera…

  11. skol22 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Go Spurs Go! 3 More wins in the drive for 5.

  12. breastfedted - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Give me a break about the Yankees. They are always successful because they have unlimited resources and can afford to make mistakes. They make a bad trade, big deal they can just go buy the next star. Most other teams don’t have that luxury. Make Cashman the GM for a team like the Royals or Pirates and see how great he is.

  13. louhudson23 - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    Floor Leadership>Front Office Meddling

  14. pistolpete0903 - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    Been a fan of Spurs for quite a long time….but gotta say it looks staged.

    Having said that, no one can question the team ethic and commitment of the Spurs organization. Also, it could be that Pops is easing Parker as a definitive team leader.
    Kinda like passing the torch from Duncan to Parker the same way it was passed from the Admiral to Timmy.

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