LOS ANGELES – If you draft, sign and employ adults, you short-circuit a lot of potential problems in pro sports. That’s the approach taken by the San Antonio Spurs, as coach Gregg Popovich reminded reporters Friday.
Asked about his team’s “rules” regarding card games and minor gambling between players on team flights – a recipe for trouble that reared its head again this season when Memphis’ Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo had an ugly altercation over an unpaid debt – Popovich scoffed at the notion.
Not at in-flight fisticuffs. At the idea of such rules.
“We have basically no rules,” said Popovich, coach of the West All-Stars Sunday. “If I gave my team rules, they’d be offended. For the last 15 years, they’ve conducted themselves in an exemplary manner, and I wouldn’t humiliate them by making them believe I had to give them rules like they were children.”