Gregg Popovich is at his curmudgeonly best in interview with Craig Sager
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich doesn’t relent on giving disdainful answers when questioned by reporters between quarters during NBA telecasts. It’s as much a part of his coaching DNA as consistently making his team one of the NBA’s best.
You can laugh or think Popovich is being a jerk to someone just trying to do his or her job. However, when the interviewer is TNT’s Craig Sager, as in Thursday night’s Spurs-Cavaliers game, it’s hard not to smile, because Popovich has demonstrated just how much affection he has for Sager. The coach wished Sager well during his bouts with cancer and greeted him warmly upon Sager’s return to the air this season.
After the third quarter, Sager asked Popovich about the poor shooting the Spurs were getting from LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan, reciting their stats thus far. The coach replied: "You gotta tell me that stuff? I already know that. What’s the question?" After Sager asked him how they could get more involved in the fourth quarter, Popovich said: "I’ll ask them nicely to shoot the ball better. How’s that? What the hell you want me to do?"
Hey, have you two met? https://t.co/tLZgtkfThH
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 15, 2016
Popovich has plenty of admirers for his performance art.
If I ever become a coach, I purely aspire to become like Greg Popovich that dude is tooooooo funny😂
— Rich Kelly (@RichKelly14) January 15, 2016
Sager/Popovich interviews are our generation's Cosell/Ali interviews in terms of sheer entertainment, no?
— Joel Goldstein (@The_Tonian) January 15, 2016
@CassidyHubbarth The banter between Greg Popovich and Craig Sager is like Laurel & Hardy.
— Danny Deans (@hotroddanny1) January 15, 2016