San Antonio Spurs: Bradley Beal loves playing for 'perfect' Popovich
By Josh Paredes
It's safe to say Gregg Popovich is representing San Antonio Spurs culture well with his group of NBA superstars. As he and Team USA continue training ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, stars around the league are praising what the legendary coach has to offer.
The stacked United States roster is currently training at UNLV with the help of Keldon Johnson and the USA Select Team. In a recent sitdown with FanSided's Mark Carman, Bradley Beal discussed how things are going with Gregg Popovich so far.
"Coach Pop, he's awesome," said Beal. "His spirit just trickles down to everybody else. He's always in a great mood."
The 3-time NBA All-Star then reiterated what many have previously said about Gregg Popovich's leadership style.
"He holds everybody accountable," continued Beal. "Whether it's KD, Kevin Love, me, Jayson. It's the same across the board. He's a great communicator. He's been perfect. His energy is contagious."
After winning five NBA titles, an Olympic Gold Medal is one of the few accomplishments that have eluded Coach Pop and his unmatched resume. In 2004, he was an assistant coach for the USA Men's Basketball team that came in third.
"We gotta go win a gold medal," said Beal. "We didn't like how our last outing went. He wants us really dialed into that and locked in.
Beal is just the latest in a list of superstars who've had nothing but nice things to say about one of the greatest coaches in sports history. Last month, Damian Lillard explained that Coach Pop was one of the main reasons he committed to USA Basketball this year.
Team USA tips off their exhibition games with a matchup against Nigeria July 10th at 8 p.m. ET and begin their official quest for gold July 25th at 8 a.m. ET against France.
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