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Gregg Popovich answers sideline reporter with seven seconds of silence

May 28, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

I don’t think Gregg Popovich is as crusty as he appears during his in-game interviews. Not anymore, at least.

Popovich’s combativeness with sideline reporters has become a thing, and he seems to enjoy playing it up.

But after staring at David Aldridge for seven seconds, an eternity on live television, the Spurs coach eventually gave reasonably thoughtful answers – at least considering that he was in the middle of coaching a game.

  1. agent7x6 - May 28, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    The video doesn’t match the article. Since we’re being random, I’ll state that I’m not particularly fond of Reggie Miller’s broadcast style.

  2. nard100 - May 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    On the one hand it is annoying how Pop only seems to answer the questions he deems fit for answers, but on the other hand it was a loaded question that would garner an obvious response. Even aldridge is laughing and he asked the question. The look on Pops face is priceless. It’s the What-do-you-think?! look.

    • 1historian - May 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      “On the one hand it is annoying how Pop only seems to answer the questions he deems fit for answers.”

      What’s wrong with that?

      If he does that a few more times to really stupid questions, aka most of the questions he is asked, ‘reporters’ might have to raise their games when approaching him.


      What’s wrong with that?

  3. holleywood9 - May 28, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    NBC sports talk “writers” at their best again…

  4. coryfor3 - May 28, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Wow- Popovich really is silent in that video. It’s almost like you don’t hear him speak at all.

  5. xmatt0926x - May 28, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Do people actually still enjoy this phony nonsense? The act is old Pop. You get paid millions. Life could be worse. Answer the questions, annoying as they may be.

    • kinggw - May 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Agreed. The questions are often redundant and/or cliche, but answering them is part of his responsibility as a NBA coach.

    • savvybynature - May 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Do people actually enjoy the meaningless, cliche stock answers that coaches give during these sideline interviews? I sure don’t. I’ll take a dose of humor over that anytime.
      Take your own advice: Life could be worse, so lighten up.

    • 1historian - May 28, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      He DID answer the question – the look he gave that clown was his answer.

  6. bf53 - May 28, 2014 at 10:39 AM

  7. shutmdownd - May 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Its turned pretty comical the way he handles the interviews, he’s having fun with it or he wouldn’t do it… He’s grown on me since he send that message to Craig Sager…

  8. balfe13 - May 28, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    The whole “life could be worse” argument can go the other way, as well, and be applied to the reporters asking the question.
    Either ask a question worth answering or accept the response (or non-response) you deserve.
    Some journalists and reporters are terrible these days and maybe Popovich is just trying to get them to improve.

    • marcusfitzhugh - May 28, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      Exactly. Pop’s title is coach, but he’s really a senior manager over a group of hoops engineers. In the business world, if I approach a seasoned senior management exec with misleading bovine excrement that’s phrased as a question, 7 seconds of silence would be one of the kinder responses I could get.

  9. 1historian - May 28, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    He DID answer the question with a “I can’t believe you asked so stupid a question.” look.

  10. haaaaasoooooo - May 28, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Is this phony a$$ world, how can you not laugh at pops??? The backhanded way he dismisses the verbal masturbating from reporters is SO HILARIOUS.

  11. imakcds - May 28, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    I guess a lot of people here justify the reporter trying to make something out of nothing. Heated discussion is a part of any team game, and the game of basketball thrives on emotions.
    What was said was between members of the team, the public doesn’t need to know, the public wasn’t a part of the conversation.

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