Archive for Gregg Popovich

PTRW #576 GREGG POPOVICH

Posted in Basketball, Gregg Popovich with tags on April 11, 2014 by hoopscoach

“There are a lot of good shots, but if you can turn that into a great shot, percentages go through the roof. Contested shots are really bad shots. People’s percentage goes down almost by 20, almost without exception. All those things in an offense are things a coach is always trying to develop. It takes time to get everybody to the point where they all buy in and understand how it’s good for the group to do things.”

PTRW #571 GREGG POPOVICH

Posted in Basketball, Gregg Popovich with tags on April 9, 2014 by hoopscoach

After a recent loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves:

“The Timberwolves played great. … They basically forced us to lay an egg. We were awful. And a lot of if was because of their aggressiveness. They played great D. They have great pace on offense. And they beat us in every facet of the game.”

PTRW #463 GREGG POPOVICH

Posted in Basketball, Gregg Popovich, Patty Mills with tags , on February 23, 2014 by hoopscoach

On Patty Mills:

“His motor is always going. He doesn’t need me to do anything to get him going. He’s a competitor. He’s not impressed with the NBA. He just comes and plays.”

PTRW #431 GREGG POPOVICH

Posted in Basketball, Gregg Popovich with tags on February 7, 2014 by hoopscoach

“I know we didn’t look pretty. I’m more interested in results than how we look.

PTRW #391 GREGG POPOVICH

Posted in Basketball, Gregg Popovich with tags on January 10, 2014 by hoopscoach

“I don’t want to go to practice with a bunch of problem players. Life is short, I can’t imagine traveling around for 100 games with guys who are jerks.”

PTRW #309 GREGG POPOVICH

Posted in Basketball, Gregg Popovich with tags on November 28, 2013 by hoopscoach

“First thing we do is watch film, win or lose. I got on their asses. That’s better than crying & saying, ‘Oh jeez, poor me.’”

PTRW #256 GREGG POPOVICH

Posted in Basketball, Gregg Popovich with tags on November 2, 2013 by hoopscoach

“We sent some messages to some people who weren’t playing very good ‘D’ and, in the second half, we got that straightened out.”

PTRW #229 GREGG POPOVICH

Posted in Basketball, Gregg Popovich with tags on October 27, 2013 by hoopscoach

After a win:

“[The Spurs] did a great job of finding the open man; hitting somebody with a little bit better shot.”

PTRW #175 GREGG POPOVICH

Posted in Basketball, Gregg Popovich, Kawhi Leonard with tags , on October 15, 2013 by hoopscoach

On Kawhi Leonard:

“He’s improved more quickly than any other player we’ve ever had because his mindset is such that he wants to be great”

PTRW #145 GREGG POPOVICH

Posted in Basketball, Gregg Popovich with tags on October 8, 2013 by hoopscoach

On how the Spurs with Duncan, Tony Parker and Many Ginobili have sustained greatness for more than a decade:

I think that it’s a real simple answer. Nobody really likes it. They want me to say something different. It’s a total function of who those three guys are. What if they were jerks? What if they were selfish? What if one of them was, you know, unintelligent? If, if, if. But the way it works out, all three of them are highly intelligent. They all have great character. They appreciate their teammates’ success. They feel responsible to each other. They feel responsible to Patty Mills or to Danny Green. That’s who they are and how they’re built. I think when you have three guys like that, you’re able to build something over time.

“So I think it’s just a matter of being really, really fortunate to have three people who understand that and who commit to a system and a philosophy for that length of time. I don’t know what else to tell you. It’s on them.”

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