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Video: Rick Carlisle impersonates Gregg Popovich

Nov 21, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

Sometimes, it’s fun to be a jerk.

I think most people recognize that, and that’s why so many get a kick out of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich belittling reporters, especially during between-quarter interviews. He has all the power in his relationship with the media, so there’s no incentive for him not act how he does (other than common decency, but we’ll let that slide). I think many of us envy his ability to be a jerk without major consequence.

Well, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle need not be envious any longer. He’s joined the jerk ranks.

Broussard: The Rockets ahead by 14 points. Coach, Dwight Howard obviously has it going inside. Will you consider double-teaming him in the fourth?

Carlisle: Yes.

Broussard: Does it make, the fact that they shoot so well from the 3, does that make it tough to make that decision to go ahead and do that?

Carlisle: Yes. That’s my Popovich impersonation. Thank you.

I’d give Carlisle a B+ for the interview impersonation but an A for his strategic impression of the NBA’s best coach. Despite trailing by 14, the Mavericks rallied to win the game.

  1. yuwannano - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Better watch yourself Rick! Popp has killed people for less. :)

  2. elcapitanfiscal - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Jim Carrey!

  3. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Damn he’s getting old real fast.

  4. davidly - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    If you’re gonna ask a question you not only already know the answer to, but include in the context of the question–which, by the way, is pretty standard from what I’ve seen of mid- and post-game interviews–then some coach or player being a wise-rear is the only value it has. Otherwise, the game wouldn’t miss the interviews.

    I mean, who other than fellow commentators, really wants to see the interviews? And the postgames press conferences? Seriously. They should increase the salary of the team for having to endure those alone.

    • casualcommenter - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Agreed. I see it in sports “interviews” all the time.

      “Coach Pop, Tim Duncan is has scored 30 points in just 3 quarters. How effective has Duncan been this game?”

      Pop: “….Very effective.”

      “Coach Belichick, Tom Brady threw for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. Would you say he played a big role in the Patriots’ win today?”

      Belichick: “….Yes.”

      It’s like, what else would they say in response to a question like that? Sheesh.

  5. miamatt - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Hilarious. When I saw it live, I could tell right away what he was doing. That smirk threatened to take over his entire face, but Carlisle did a good job fighting it off. Gotta love the coaches having some fun, it makes for great television.

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    These mid/pre/post-game interviews are of the worst quality. I can’t believe they even air them. I would be such a jerk to the interviewer for asking me such cliched and obvious questions.

  7. zerole00 - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Why are you putting the blame on Pop? If you don’t want to be treated like a tool then don’t ask questions you already know the answer to, just for the sake of hearing it from person XXX.

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