Whenever San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich gets interviewed on live TV, expect bizarre and wacky antics. That happened, again, on Wednesday night.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is considered one of the NBA’s best head coaches. Five championships highlight his resume, which immortalizes him in the league’s storied history. However, this also goes for his mid-game interviews.
Sometimes, Popovich provides the most personality of any NBA head coach in a mid-game interview on national television. Other time he provides nothing and gives the sideline reporter a hard time.
Wednesday’s Spurs vs. Miami Heat game was broadcasted by ESPN, meaning an in-game interview was guaranteed from Popovich. Of course, he didn’t take it seriously and jokingly went after ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy. Pop cut off Van Gundy’s question and said “Defense’s struggling, coach! He allowed the second one to be asked about the offense’s success and said: “I begged my butt off.”
You know you nailed the interview when you got Pop to play along. ? pic.twitter.com/bfV36nc0aM
— ESPN (@espn) October 26, 2017
Popovich’s interviews will never get old. These pop up multiple times throughout the season, and can pretty much be called a staple of the NBA regular season. It provides entertainment and tomfoolery, which you won’t get from almost any other coach, at least in this manner.
With the way the Spurs have played in the two decades under Popovich, he has every right to be as comical as this in mid-game interviews, whether they’re meaningless or not. National TV networks probably get a kick out of it, too, sending their sometimes-serious sideline reporters to try to get a real in-game quote.
Never change, Pop.