Gregg Popovich Stays Trolling David Stern

Remember when Gregg Popovich sent home all of his good players before a nationally televised game against the Heat, prompting David Stern to throw a hissy fit and fine Pop $250,000? Stern really taught Popovich a lesson that day! Well, not really: » 12/19/13 4:58pm 12/19/13 4:58pm

No One Notices The Spurs Because No One Notices San Antonio

Here's a working barstool-grade theory as to why, during its dynastic run to four (perhaps soon five) titles since 1999, America still embraces the San Antonio Spurs with a yawn and a why are you still here? squint. This phenomenon has flustered if not baffled sports cognoscenti for years. But they play pure,… » 6/08/13 4:11pm 6/08/13 4:11pm

Gregg Popovich's Yearbook Entry: "His Future Plans Include Happiness"

"Popo" played four years of basketball at the Air Force Academy, where in 1970 he earned a bachelor's degree in Soviet studies. But doesn't this tell us so much more about where the young cadet was headed in life? It's basically a droll outline for every one of his eventual encounters with sideline reporters. » 6/03/13 6:20pm 6/03/13 6:20pm

Same Faces, Same Result: The Spurs Are Back In The Finals

The Spurs get the "boring" label because basketball is supposed to be hard. As San Antonio heads to its fifth finals since 1999, its fourth with its multinational power trio intact, you wonder if they've made some cosmic bargain, or discovered a real-life cheat code, because the alternative—that they're just this good, » 5/28/13 9:29am 5/28/13 9:29am

A Group Of Bros Infiltrated The Knicks Locker Room, Asked Gregg…

On Thursday night, Peter and his friends had courtside tickets to Knicks-Spurs, a gift from a family friend that meant an up-close view of the game in which Stephen Jackson injured himself tripping over Mike Bloomberg's waitress and J.R. Smith did this. After it ended, they did what anyone would do after spending a few … » 1/05/13 11:25am 1/05/13 11:25am

An Israeli Rapper Made A Song About Gregg Popovich, And Popovich Knows …

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has an unlikely fan in X Beautiful, an Israeli rapper. He adores the reserved coach enough to make a music video for him, featuring an old man in an Oxford University t-shirt—Arik Henig, a famous television producer—murmuring "He wants a nasty game" (I think that's what he's saying) … » 12/27/12 2:24pm 12/27/12 2:24pm

Gregg Popovich Continued His Streak Of Trolling Sideline Reporters…

Usually, Gregg Popovich goes right for the jugular when he decides to condescend to whatever poor schmuck has to conduct a sideline interview with him. But he threw us a bit of a curveball last night, answering the first two questions he got from Charles Barkley earnestly and without any sneering. Was he on his best… » 11/30/12 1:25pm 11/30/12 1:25pm

David Stern Doesn't Have A Problem With Shitty Basketball Games; He Has …

When Gregg Popovich decided to rest four of the Spurs' best players last night—a decision made well in advance of their game against the Heat, if Pop is to be believed—he took all the air out of a hotly anticipated, nationally televised contest. In the kindest light, it was a savvy move by Popovich designed to keep his … » 11/30/12 11:24am 11/30/12 11:24am

The Spurs Play On National Television Tonight, So Gregg Popovich…

It's Thursday, which usually means that basketball fans have some exciting NBA action to look forward to. The first game of tonight's nationally televised double header pits the San Antonio Spurs against the Miami Heat. What a great game! The defending champs taking on the aging dynasty, a battle of the Big Threes! I… » 11/29/12 4:54pm 11/29/12 4:54pm

The Spurs' Final Play Was Brilliant. The Lakers' Final Play Was A Hot…

The Spurs' 84-82 win over the Lakers came down to a pair of plays in the waning seconds. San Antonio's relied on the element of surprise, an unlikely shooter, everyone knowing their roles. Los Angeles's consisted of Pau Gasol shooting a three. This is what happens when your respective court generals are Tim Duncan and … » 11/14/12 11:00am 11/14/12 11:00am