For 17 seasons, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has overseen one of the most efficient and effective systems in recent NBA history. It seems that no matter who plugs into various roles, the Spurs continue to chug along and succeed, weathering retirements, injuries, and self-imposed absences to stay relevant past most reasonable expectations. Furthermore, while Popovich's teams once held reputations as collections of role-specific automatons, recent Spurs outfits have proven the ability to adjust the system to their particular strengths. What Pop and his assistants have done is extremely impressive.
So, how does he (or they) do it? Because the Spurs always seem so organized, it might be easy to assume that Popovich lords over his team and drills them incessantly. However, in an excellent back-and-forth with reporters before Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, transcribed by Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News (via PBT), the coach explained that he oftenRead More »from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich explains how he gets players to buy into his system