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Vintage Gregg Popovich: Telling campers he doesn’t really give a s— what their names are

Aug 28, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

This is not new, it’s actually from a 2006 coaching video on drills Gregg Popovich likes to run. It’s not exactly HD.

It’s also vintage Popovich.

He politely asks the names of the three guys he’s using to demonstrate the drills, then tells them he’s not going to remember them. Because he doesn’t really care. Although he uses a slightly different word for care.

Hat tip to NBA Reddit.

  1. rawdiggity32 - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    hahahhahh gotta love Pop

  2. duhwighthoward - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    He isn’t given enough credit for being handsome.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      I only give credit for being beautiful…

      Not handsome.

  3. coryfor3 - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    No really, you don’t have to love him. Good coach- but what I see on the public stage doesn’t seem so great.

  4. silkysmoke - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    I don’t think pop give a s— what you think about how he appears on the public stage

    • antistratfordian - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Well no kidding. That’s why his wife said to him once, “Why are you so mean? You’re a jerk, people hate you.”

      • mazblast - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        Putting stupid people in their place is not the same as being “mean”. I’m tired of people saying things like “You have to be nice all the time” when that only encourages stupidity.

        As my late father used to say, “You have the right to be a horse’s rear. I have the right to tell you that you’re being one, too.”

      • antistratfordian - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        Who are these “stupid people”? So Doris Burke is a “stupid” person who Pop felt the need to bring to tears?

        No. He treats people poorly, and for no reason. It’s rude and arrogant.

      • urodaddy07 - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        Anti all he said to Doris Burke is ‘I can’t tell you that” in response to a question about defensive strategy on LBJ. Why would that reduce any normal person to tears. Please use a better example of how cruel and mean Pop is, because I don’t see it. He is blunt but mean and disrespectful, I don’t see that

      • antistratfordian - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        That’s a totally different exchange. Here’s what Burke had to say:

        “I was devastated. It was brutal. It was absolutely brutal. I was almost in tears. Literally blinking back tears.”

      • robigd - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        You still mad about Pop’s squad mopping the floor with the LeBron’s team (twice)?

      • antistratfordian - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        What? Why would I be mad about that? If that didn’t happen then LeBron wouldn’t have won the summer so gloriously.

      • mytthor - Aug 29, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        By all accounts he’s not intentionally a jerk, he just doesn’t seem to understand how he comes off. Everyone I hear talk about it says that he’s a really nice guy, just has no tolerance for BS and no desire to spout cliches to placate BS questions that they have to ask. Burke also described in detail how kind Pop was in taking time to talk to her after that incident.

  5. smoothaswilkes - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Where’s all the people that were clamoring for a Spurs story? This is what you get, a piece about Pops from 2006. That’s why you don’t see many posts on them. The Spurs are boring during the offseason and are so on purpose.

  6. mazblast - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    I love Pop, especially when he gives stupid “reporters” one of his “Are you really that stupid, or does someone even dumber write this sh** and you mouth it?” looks in response to stupid questions. He had to have read MAD Magazine a lot as a kid.

    • spursareold - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      There’s actually kind of a Pop’s greatest hits on YouTube.

  7. antistratfordian - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Yeah, he’s an arrogant jerk sometimes. This is well known.

    • davidly - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      And the proverbial pot prattles onward.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        And the proverbial pot prattles onward.

  8. lonedog54 - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Winning does not excuse you from being a horse’s @ss…most times when people get too full of themselves at some point they fall back down to earth…

  9. tampajoey - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Popovich is so refreshing in a world of political correct liberals

    • spursareold - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      Pop is actually politically progressive/liberal.

      • tampajoey - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Then he better be careful with this political incorrectness or he may lose his liberal crybaby card.

      • Gamera the Brave - Oct 13, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        Joey, thanks for that excellent illustration of all that is wrong with political discourse in America.
        All conservatives are to be universally labeled as “Repugnicans” or “Tea Baggers”. And all liberals are “Libtards” or “Crybabies”.

        You make this country angrier and dumber, so thanks for that. I am sure you thought you were funny.

  10. ans2034 - Aug 29, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    At least he’s honest. He’s there to teach not to befriend and add to his amount of Facebook Friends.

    I did laugh hearing hearing him.

  11. elecblues - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Strange thing is, I met Popovich once and he was friendly. Doc Rivers on the other hand was not very nice. Go Figure.

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