You need only 6 seconds to watch Coach Pop’s All-Star defense on Kobe

Anyone who says they don't play defense in the NBA hasn't seen Gregg Popovich.
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Sunday marks the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto, and it’s a pretty big one, given that it’s Kobe Bryant’s last time at All-Star weekend as a player.

With the clock ticking down on Kobe’s playing days, everyone’s making the most of their time with the Los Angeles Lakers star — including long-time rivals such as San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. And while the All-Star game traditionally isn’t known for defense, Pop knows what Kobe wants: a challenge. So Pop stepped up his game at Saturday’s All-Star practice and (jokingly) tried to shut down the Black Mamba:

That’s pretty good lateral movement from the 67-year-old Popovich, who will coach Bryant and the rest of the Western Conference All-Stars on Sunday. Maybe the Spurs coach could let Tim Duncan in on his secrets for staying so spry and young after all these years in the league.