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  1. PBT Podcast: NBA Finals Preview, Heat vs. Spurs

    Jun 4, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Heat vs. Spurs

    A rematch of the best Finals in recent memory? I’m good with that.

  2. Tony Parker says on French radio station he will play in Game 1

    Jun 3, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    “I may not be 100% but I’ll be there.” —Tony Parker on Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

  3. Three match-ups to watch closely when Heat take on Spurs in NBA Finals

    Jun 3, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard ,LeBron James

    Everyone is going to watch LeBron James vs. Kawhi Leonard, but Chris Bosh vs. Tim Duncan may be the real key.

  4. Tony Parker says Gregg Popovich is not happy the Spurs have won 18 in a row

    Apr 1, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker

    You think an 18-game winning streak can make Gregg Popovich happy? Have you been paying attention?

  5. Gregg Popovich on why Patty Mills didn’t play more last year: “He was a little fat ass”

    Mar 27, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, Patty Mills

    Gregg Popovich has reached the “I don’t care what people think” phase of his career… actually that might have started Day 3 of his tenure in San Antonio, but the coach is taking it to new levels lately. Patty Mills has taken on a bigger role with the Spurs this season, in part because of…

  6. Even in preseason, Popovich is best in-game interview (VIDEO)

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    It may be the preseason but Gregg Popovich was in midseason form. The Spurs lost to the Rockets Thursday night in a game broadcast on TNT — and in nationally televised games coaches have to do in-game interviews. Even in the preseason. To the dismay and amusement of Popovich (he’s not really mad here, he’s…

  7. Derek Anderson talks Gregg Popovich, Pat Riley, “Stamina”

    Oct 9, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Detroit Pistons - Game 1

    There are a lot of guys who have come through the NBA and can tell hard knock life stories about growing up poor. Derek Anderson blows most of those stories out of the water. He never had a father around, his mother was out of the picture and he was fending for himself by the…

  8. Tony Parker after EuroBasket: “I’m very tired now”

    Sep 23, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT


    In case you ever wondered why Gregg Popovich doesn’t love it when his players spend the summer playing for their national teams, here is Tony Parker’s quote from after leading France to the EuroBasket title: “It was very hard for me physically. I am very tired now. It’s been a long season, so it’s hard…

  9. Popovich said he’s not over Game 6 yet, but daughter’s sharp words helped

    Sep 19, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT


    If Gregg Popovich didn’t struggle to get the memory of Game 6 of the NBA Finals out of his head all summer there would be something wrong with him. You don’t get to be an NBA coach, let alone an elite one, without being very competitive. So to come within seconds of an NBA title…

  10. Spurs’ Danny Green talks threes, Popovich, T-Shirts (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Spurs' Green reacts after a three point basket against the Heat during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Spurs sharpshooter Danny Green swung by The Crossover on NBC Sports Network on Thursday. Green’s 27 threes in the NBA Finals vaulted a good role player into the national spotlight, something he talks about on the show. Green also talks about getting let go by the Spurs then having to call up Gregg Popovich and ask…

  11. DeJuan Blair says reason Spurs didn’t win Finals is he didn’t play enough

    Aug 19, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    Not everybody loves Gregg Popovich. Meet DeJuan Blair. You might remember him as the big man without ACLs who played pretty well for the Spurs — he started all but four games two seasons ago and averaged 9.5 points a game. However, he fell out of the rotation last season as Popovich went with the…

  12. Old-school Spurs earn extra measure of respect in defeat.

    Jun 21, 2013, 1:43 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Youth may ultimately have been served, but age earned a lot of respect. Yes, the younger and more athletic core of the Miami Heat won another NBA title, but the older core of the San Antonio Spurs reminded everyone just how beautiful well played team basketball can look like. And how far it can take…

  13. Quote of the day: Popovich compares Game 7 to the rack

    Jun 20, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich talks with the media during a team practice ahead of Game 7 of the NBA Finals basketball playoff against the Miami Heat in Miami

    “It’s torture. It’s hard to appreciate torture.” —Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, when asked if he appreciates the magnitude of Game 7 in his pregame press conference. Later tonight or tomorrow we will try to run video of his entire press conference, it was pure gold comedy. Not in the curmudgeonly way Pop can come off…

  14. Game 6 was not Gregg Popovich’s best night

    Jun 19, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT


    Gregg Popovich is the best coach in basketball right now. One of the best of all time. He has four rings and built a culture in San Antonio that has them in NBA Finals 14 years apart and with consistent 50+ win seasons in between. But he is not perfect. He made a couple decisions…

  15. Gregg Popovich was on fire at first Finals press conference

    Jun 5, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    I pity the sideline reporter who gets to talk to Gregg Popovich in game Thursday night, they will be lucky to get a sentence out of the guy. However, when Popovich is in the mood to talk, he is both funny and insightful. It’s the side we always hear about — Popovich is a guy…

  16. Before Game 1, Gregg Popovich helped a reporter with a crossword puzzle

    Apr 22, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    Gregg Popovich doesn’t care about the public perception of him as a curmudgeon. He honestly doesn’t care what people think. Period. But he’s not a curmudgeon. He can by curmudgeonly, but there is a lot more to him than that one side. A really good profile of Pops by Joe Posnanski at NBC got at…

  17. Fantastic read looks at contradictions that make up Popovich

    Apr 19, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Gregg Popovich is simply the best coach in basketball. But he comes with inherent contradictions — he is both the curmudgeonly guy who has no use for Craig Sager between quarters and the guy players love and would run through a wall for. He is the guy who was perfectly happy coaching at no-scholarship, below…

  18. Krzyzewski reiterates he is done as Team USA coach

    Feb 26, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Image (1) Krzyzewski-thumb-250x375-11418.jpg for post 1910

    Okay Jerry Colangelo, time to bury the hatchet and go have a serious conversation with Gregg Popovich. If that requires a little groveling on your part, then grovel. But Mike Krzyzewski reiterated again Tuesday on Dan Patrick’s radio show that he is done as Team USA coach (forward to the 9:15 mark of the video…

  19. Referee caught telling D’Antoni, Popovich he is stalling for television (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT


    Veteran referee Billy Kennedy clearly didn’t know he had a hot mic… which makes this all the better. Just let it serve as another reminder that television rules everything. EVERYTHING. Seconds after Kennedy said this the broadcast went to a commercial, but not until Mike Breen has a good “you’re not fooling anybody” moment on…

  20. Stern says he would like to eliminate “hack-a-Howard” (or anyone)

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern participates in a panel session at The Cable Show in Boston

    When the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets went to the “hack-a-Howard” strategy — fouling the Lakers Dwight Howard wherever he was on the court, even when he didn’t have the ball, to make him shoot free throws — it worked because it threw the Lakers off. In those two games Howard hit 50 percent of…

  21. Video: Gregg Popovich remains king of in-game interviews

    Nov 2, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    With Phil Jackson and Stan Van Gundy now off the sidelines (Van Gundy is now with us at NBC), Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is now the undisputed champion of the in-game interview. Witness David Aldridge’s attempt last night, when he mistakenly asks if Pops is “happy” with the Spurs ball movement in a game his…

  22. Gregg Popovich says LeBron has been able to tune out critics

    Oct 22, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    You don’t like LeBron James. You still go into the comments on this blog or talk radio shows and slam him every chance you get. You boo him when he comes to the arena in your town. Your opinion seemed echoed throughout the media. Two years ago that bothered LeBron. He admitted he didn’t like…

  23. LeBron James out with “general soreness”

    Oct 20, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra

    This may seem like a big deal, because LeBron James is kind of a big deal. He’s a basketball machine who rarely misses time, and all things told, he’s one of the most durable players the league has. So is it a little weird to see him hampered with such a regular folks thing like…

  24. Popovich’s wife doesn’t like how he treats courtside reporters

    Oct 11, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    It’s one of my favorite parts of the Spurs nationally televised games — some poor sideline reporter like Craig Sager has to try and interview Gregg Popovich between quarters. And Popovich wants nothing to do with it. He is condescending and annoyed. Journalists in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but I do love watching those…

  25. Karl on Lakers/Thunder dominance — that’s summer talk.

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    The general consensus — and you can throw me in with the majority here — is that the race in the West is for third. Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers are going to battle it out for the top two seeds in the regular season, then they are going to meet in the…

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