GREGG POPOVICH

Following a game winning shot by Kawhi Leonard:

“He does that every night. I mean, everybody worked hard. Kawhi is obviously a talented young man, and he knocked down the last shot. But it’s always a team effort. I thought we hung tough. We didn’t play that sharp. Usually, your first game after a long road trip is pretty tough. We didn’t shoot well in the first half, and they hung in there. The mental toughness showed. They just kept playing, kept playing. We made a lot of mistakes, but they played through them. That was the best part of the game.”

THE MENTAL SIDE

Gregg Popovich after the Spurs lost to the Mavericks:

“Too many mental errors defensively. I thought we did a really poor job discipline-wise. . Too many weak-side errors defensively where they got to the rim too easily. You know, we scored points. I know we got 100 points, 101 points, that’s fine, but the mental mistakes were really costly.” 

THE SHOOTING MACHINE

“The Gun.” Every team at the high school, college and pro level has one. At East Lansing High School we have two. Lots of players love to use them. It takes a little work to set it up and some work to break it down. But Timmy Duncan, well he will not let anyone else do it. Read below…

The Guns

R.C. Buford spoke with Adrian Wojnarowski on the Vertical  Podcast with Woj and what happens when Tim Duncan is finished his shooting workout

Transcript via “Pounding the Rock.” http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/7/20/12211278/transcript-r-c-bufords-emotional-tim-duncan-interview

Woj: Some of your staff once told me, probably may not a big thing for the people outside of the organization, the actual shooting machine, he always folds it up himself… not looking for the an intern or staff guy right? Folds it up and back into the closet.

RC: He won’t let other people do his work. I think it emphasizes his humility. But it’s also a great example for new people in the gym to see.

DEJOUNTE MURRAY

After shooting 3-11 from the floor in a summer league game for the San Antonio Spurs:

“They still tell me to be myself, [but] just play the right way. The Spurs way.”

TONY PARKER

“Everybody has an ego, but on our team, everybody thinks about the team first. If you want to be successful in a team sport, you have to put your ego to the side.”

DAVID WEST

“We have a team full of coaches. There is a constant information flow that comes from everyone, and everybody is chugging in the same direction. Nobody is pulling off to the left or right, with personal stuff and egos and things like that.  Every moment, every play means something. That’s what I wanted. Every game, every possession means the world to us. There’s an ideology that exists here. You just trust it.”

FILM SESSION

From Gregg Popovich:

“With us, film is short and directed – very specific on certain items. You can’t do a coaching clinic every time you do a film session or you lose them all. But if something is directed, like pick-and-roll defense, transition defense or how the ball was shared or not shared and you get after it and do it, it makes sense to most players.”

GREGG POPOVICH

Popovich was asked if he ever sees qualities in a player he coaches against that make him think the player could become a coach someday:
 
“I think it has to do with what kind of people they are. How interested they are in the game. How much they study it. What their relationships to other people are like. Do they command respect? Are they leaders? All of those things go into figuring out whether a player is cut out to be a coach. They have to be goofy enough to want to do it. It’s a stupid job.”

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