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When was the last time the Spurs practiced? Popovich can’t recall.

Dec 23, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

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It’s something a lot of fans do not realize — there is precious little real practice time during an NBA season. There are film sessions and walk throughs, of course the shootarounds, but teams can go weeks without an actual practice, and usually it is just one.

Take the San Antonio Spurs for example, Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News asked Gregg Popovich the last time the team practiced.

Asked to recall the last practice, Popovich furrowed his brow, scratched his head and gave up.

“I can’t remember,” he said.

In fact, the last real practice was Nov. 19, during a stretch of four days without a game after returning from a victory in Utah and preceding a home win over Boston.

That’s before Thanksgiving. Yes there were off days in that stretch where Popovich could have scheduled a practice but knowing his older team he has given them rest days instead. Wise move.

Expect a little run out of the Spurs as they have 13 of their next 16 games at home, with time in there to even have a few practices. That should make Popovich relatively happy. Just relatively.

  1. antistratfordian - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Asked to recall the last time the Spurs didn’t choke in the playoffs, Popovich furrowed his brow, scratched his head and gave up.

    “I can’t remember,” he said.

    • azarkhan - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Ignorant comments like yours make the rest of us feel like geniuses. Thanks!

      • antistratfordian - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        The difference between us is that you can only feel like a genius. But if I can help you feel better about yourself during this season of giving, then I’m willing to surrender face for that. Merry Christmas!

    • basedrum777 - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Yeah big chokers except for all those years they actually won the championship….dick.

    • kingtotz - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      yep! it was a long time ago. it was maybe before they acquire timmy.

    • thundercocck - Dec 24, 2013 at 3:42 AM

      Talk to the rings

      • antistratfordian - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        Hard to see the rings through all this choke smoke.

      • thundercocck - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:13 AM

        When did losing to the better team equate to choking? By saying that you are discrediting the winning team.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        The Spurs lose to worse teams and better teams – they will find a way to squander whatever advantage they have in a series regardless of the opponent.

      • thundercocck - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        Here you are discrediting the winning team again. What is it with you and associating “choking” with getting beat? Other teams lose to worse and better teams too. Why do you have a double standard for the Spurs?

      • antistratfordian - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        The Spurs have made a habit of it. Without fail.

      • thundercocck - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        You are, with out a doubt, an idiot. Your logic: 29 other teams failed to win a championship, I guess their chokers. Try again you nincompoop.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        I’d agree with your thinking there if those other teams were also at or near the top of their conference, winning about 60 games a year, going deep into the playoffs, only to find new and more devastating ways to let their fans down.

      • thundercocck - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:14 AM

        Playoff basketball is different from regular season basketball.

      • kavika6 - Dec 25, 2013 at 4:03 AM

        So you think that any team that doesn’t ultimately win the championship are chokers?

  2. glink123 - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    …as the light twinkles from the 4 NBA World Championship rings on his hand.

  3. money2long - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    the spurs are a well oiled machine

  4. rn1997 - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Choke REALLY?!?!?! 3 Championships in the last 10 years with a Finals appearance last year…….how is that choking??? Who is YOUR team……..let’s compare their resumes for the last 10 years……. Their 3 main stars are some of the oldest players in the league…….I think they’re doing pretty good with all things being considered. It’s not about “choking,” it’s the fact that The Heat made the plays when it counted……in the end it turned out to be just a few plays……..not bad for a bunch of old guys!!!

    • edwardemanuelson - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      Pay trolls like that guy no mind. He knocks the Spurs any chance he gets and thinks people dont notice.

      He’s obviously a Heat ‘fan’, that thinks that recent success over the last three seasons is equivalent to 4 titles in 5 tries, umpteenth 50win seasons in a row(including lockouts) and missing the playoffs only one time since the Heat’s formation in 1989. As I’ve stated before, I normally think the Heat ‘fans’ get a bad wrap, but it’s because of the ones like him. Study up and show a little class.

    • kavika6 - Dec 25, 2013 at 3:59 AM

      “Who is YOUR team….…”

      Whoever won the championship the year before.

  5. 00maltliquor - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    A.I. woulda loved to play for the Spurs!

  6. 32magicman - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Ha! Practice?!

  7. 407magic - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    We talking bout practice?! Not a game…practice

  8. belleby123 - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I don’t get it–is Popovich great for resting his players a lot *and* not having them practice?

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