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.”

JONATHON SIMMONS

From Gregg Popovich:

“It takes character strong enough to handle the fact that in the beginning, nobody loved you. It’s important to believe in yourself and keep going.”

Good story on Simmons:

http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/The-greatest-story-in-basketball-could-be-6857197.php?t=95cf8fc217927fc3fb&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GMIB%202/29/2016&utm_term=NBA%20National%20Newsletter

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.”