San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is a man that many admire, respect and hold onto every word that comes out of his mouth. Pop is an icon not only around San Antonio but in the rest of the of the basketball world.
Whether it be the sideline interviews during games where he gives his quick one-word responses to his determination at bringing out the best in the players, Pop is just simply one of the best.
But he also thinks outside the NBA. He keeps in tune with the rest of the world.
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Popovich likes to keep his players humble, reminding them to think of life outside of basketball and off the court.
“He’s not the typical coach for sure,” San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge told The Undefeated. “He’s in tune with what is going on around the world with people and with race. He’s not afraid to voice his beliefs and his opinions. He’s tried to help us realize that there are more things than basketball, more than the NBA.
“Of course, take your job seriously. But he tries to keep us focused on that this isn’t the only thing we have to live on. There is a bigger picture to focus on and think about. I never had a coach who really tried to help you think about things outside of basketball. That’s really what he does. He tries to get you better at basketball while also learning about what’s going on day-to-day.”
How in tune is Pop with the world and his own basketball team comprised of many players from different backgrounds? Check out what he had to say about that.
“There is a big world out there and a whole lot of stuff going on,” Popovich told The Undefeated. “The more aware people are, the better off. For our team, since we have so many people from so many different areas, it helps us come together when they realize how big the world is.
For those that have followed San Antonio through the years knows that it is a team of international flavor.
Their current roster includes players from France, Australia, Argentina, Latvia and Spain. That’s a huge slice of the world just on one NBA roster.
Which is going to do wonders for Pop once he takes over the head coaching reigns for Team USA and will have to deal with many cultures, and world events.
Add the fact he would need to know how to interact with these men, relate to them, understand them, and so much more in order to create a winning formula only circles us back to one point – Pop is simply the best.