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NBA / Apr 11, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Charles Barkley Claims Kawhi Leonard Is “A Top 10 or 15 Player In The NBA”

Kawhi Leonard, Dirk Nowitzki

Kawhi Leonard, Dirk Nowitzki ( Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Maybe it was bombast, or the result of Kawhi Leonard hanging 16 points and 16 rebounds on the Mavs last night in Dallas, including a game-clinching three-pointer in the final minute, but Charles Barkley proclaimed the third-year wing, “a top 10 or 15 player in the NBA.” Kawhi certainly looked the part during a coast-to-coast sprint against the Mavs that culminated in a dunk Dirk Nowitzki wanted no part in trying to prevent. Read More »

NBA / Apr 3, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Tim Duncan’s Career Dominance As Spurs Extend Winning Streak To 19

Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich, Manu Ginobili

Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich, Manu Ginobili (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite coach Gregg Popovich‘s contempt for their win streak, the Spurs revved their engines enough Wednesday night for a 111-90 coasting win over a formidable Golden State Warriors team. It was win no. 19 in their streak, which is the 6th longest in NBA history. While the Spurs continue to roll over the NBA , Tim Duncan‘s dominance during his 17 years was displayed in an eye-opening graphic recently. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Apr 1, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Gregg Popovich Really Wants The Spurs’ 18-Game Winning Streak To End

Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)

The best coach in The Association and probably one of the two or three greatest NBA coaches of all time, Gregg Popovich, is a tad non-plussed with his team’s current franchise record 18-game winning streak. After trouncing the Pacers on Monday night, Spurs guard Tony Parker alluded to Popovich’s displeasure at all the winning and Pop’s hope the Spurs lose before the playoffs start. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Mar 13, 2014 / 5:30 pm

Gregg Popovich Dimisses Talk Patrick Beverley Is A “Dirty” Player

Boris Diaw, Patrick Beverley

Boris Diaw, Patrick Beverley (Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports)

Thank God Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has officially weighed in on what seems to be a growing consensus — especially this week — that what Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley likes to call physical defense, is what others call flopping or even, “dirty” play. When asked about Beverley, Pop The Hang Time Blog’s Fran Blinebury, “I haven’t noticed him being dirty.” Read More »

NBA, Video / Mar 7, 2014 / 12:03 am

Gregg Popovich Again Messes With Craig Sager During A Sideline Interview

Gregg Popovich, Craig Sager

We mentioned the Heat getting back into their game with the Spurs during a push in the third period Thursday night. That’s when Craig Sager had to interview Gregg Popovich. It didn’t go so well as you’ll see as Popovich’s condescending replies contrasted awkwardly with Sager’s typically flamboyant suit. Read More »

Twitter / Feb 27, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Gregg Popovich Lunches With Bill Clinton (Pics)

Bill Clinton, Gregg Popovich

The estimable former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, took in the local Tex-Mex cuisine in San Antonio recently during a pow-wow with the biggest movers and shakers in the city. Mayor Julian Castro was in attendance, obviously, as was former mayor and Clinton cabinet member Henry Cisneros. The only man at the meal that wasn’t a politician, was Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. To be a fly on the wall at this meal would have been awesome. Read More »

Smack / Feb 7, 2014 / 1:00 am

Video: Gregg Popovich Gives Another Sarcastic Sideline Interview

Gregg Popovich, David Aldridge

This one was so sarcastic as to be almost caustic, but it shouldn’t be a surprise. We have to applaud David Aldridge for keeping it together while Gregg Popovich answered a pair of questions at the beginning of the second quarter during Thursday night’s Nets-Spurs game. That’s because Popovich’s famously glowering sideline moments reached a new nadir, or peak — depending on who you ask. Read More »

Smack / Jan 26, 2014 / 5:54 pm

Video: Doris Burke Smartly Cut Short Gregg Popovich’s Sideline Interview

Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

The wrath of Gregg Popovich is pretty well known during sideline interviews. He doesn’t like to be interrupted while he’s working, and that’s how he views the league-mandated chat-fests between the first and second and third and fourth quarters. ABC’s Doris Burke smartly decided to cut today’s interview shorter than usual. Read More »

NBA / Jan 17, 2014 / 2:00 pm

The Top 10 NBA Coach Of The Year Candidates

Frank Vogel

Doc Rivers, referee Gary Zielinski (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

Many NBA pundits are quick to tell you it’s a player’s league, and in many respects that’s true. Without a game-changing talent like LeBron James or Kevin Durant, it’s hard to compete with the league’s upper echelon.

Ignoring the impact of a good coach would be foolish, however, as we see from year to year the impact that an upgrade on the bench can bring to a team. Unless your team is one of the top seeds, coaches usually receive too much blame for failure and not enough credit in periods of success. Read More »

NBA, Video / Jan 8, 2014 / 10:29 pm

Gregg Popovich Hugs Jeff Van Gundy Says, “I Love You” During Sideline Interview

Jeff Van Gundy, Gregg Popovich

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has become the White Whale for sideline reporters after a string of cantankerous sideline interviews. His biting sarcasm during the league-mandated Q&A at beginning of the second and fourth quarters has even drawn respectful mimicry from fellow coaches. So it’s understandable ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy was nervous before the start of the fourth quarter during the Mavs-Spurs game on Wednesday night. What wasn’t, however, was Popovich’s response. Read More »