Mar 27, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich watches from the sideline during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
The future Hall of Fame coach Gregg Popovich was kicked out the first round by the Los Angeles Clippers on May 2, 2015. This was the first time being eliminated from the first round since the 2011 playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies.
For the 2015 NBA season, Popovich needs to find a way to get his team back to championship level. If Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are coming back this year, Coach Pop should see what will fit for the roster as far as playing time and how to create plays for the veterans. Of course there will be changes in regards to who will be staying and who will leave, so being the smart coach that he is, will play a key factor on what needs to be done during the off-season, as well as when training camp starts again.
Popovich is an excellent coach when it comes to sharing minutes and he will once again prove to many how to allocate time for his players. The NBA has 82 games in a season and many feel that it should be shorten. Popovich also feels this way about the league and if the season will not be shorten, Pop will do what is needed to sit out his players when he needs then to sit out, in order for them to rest up for the next game.
Nov 11, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich instructs during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 113-100. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
There may be times when your favorite stars such as Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Duncan may not play because of the long extended games being played, and when this takes place, Pop makes the right call by resting his players. A lot of fans may get upset about this, especially the ones that come to see the Spurs play at other cities. Even during away games, many Spurs fans will purchase tickets thinking they will see Ginobili euro-stepping away on the court, but come to find out, Ginobili is not playing. Matter of fact Ginobili is not even in the building. Wait it gets even better, Ginobili is not even in the city because he is still in San Antonio. So this is what happens and the league has made this aware that sometimes the players need to at least attend the games if it is not related to some sort of injury that has occurred.
Regardless of this matter, Coach Pop is an excellent coach and knows what he is doing. As true Spurs fans, everyone needs to trust in his coaching because at the end of the day, the Spurs need to be ready for post season. If you want your favorite Spur to play, then allow Pop to do what he does best. When training camp takes place for next season, Pop and the other assistant coaches will come together to see what will work as far as who to pick up and if that is the right move for the organization. The front office will also do what is necessary to find the right players for the team. Let Pop plan the way he normally does and once the season kicks off, we shall all know what he and the rest of the Spurs organization has in stores for us next season.