HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Often a man of few and usually biting words (enjoy the showcase above), Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is apparently much more generous in print, though just as biting.
We were pleasantly surprised, stunned really, when we read through this mailbag on Spurs.com and read some of his thoughts in response to questions from the fans.
In addition to his glowing praise for Kawhi Leonard (“I think he’s going to be a star. And as time goes on, he’ll be the face of the Spurs I think”), Pop was in candid mode in every sense imaginable. It’s what has made him one of the best reluctant interview subjects of all time in any sport.
After all, when is the last time you heard anyone use the phrase “wing-dingers?”
Some of his other gems:
Location: Washington DC
Question: I know you’re a wine man, but I was wondering, what’s your favorite beer? Thanks, Adam
GP: Stroh’s. In the tall bottle.
Location: Austin, TX
Question: What advice do you have for aspiring basketball coaches (other than get Tim Duncan as your centerpiece)?
GP: Buy a coat and a tie, and get a job.
Location: Los Angeles
Question: Who are some of your favorite musical artists, and any amazing live shows you’ve seen come to mind?
GP: The last live show I’ve seen was Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. And they’re still one of my favorites, you know the old stand-bys. I was a big Motown guy for a long time, being from that part of the country, and that sort of morphed into Jimmy Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Led Zepplin, those kind of guys. And being here in Texas you can’t help but hear country music here and there. Everybody takes a different path in life and about three years ago I started listening to a Patsy Cline album and it just blew me away. I just am still amazed by her voice, and the guys and my family say “jeez, are we going to listen to that again?” So that’s the newest one, and another one: Terri Clark. Somebody gave me a CD by her, a country gal, and I love it. It’s really great. So I listen to that, and everything else is sort of foreign. It’s Egyptian, Usef, he’s an Egyptian guy, or Turkish music. That kind of thing. So pretty strange, a lot of different things.
What about any of Stephen Jackson’s?
Jack used to try to give me some of his tapes, but, first of all I couldn’t even understand what was going on, and some of them you could even dance to, but once I started hearing what they were saying and everything I just gave them back.
Wifey has Fifty Shades of Grey loaded and ready for the beach over this long holiday weekend.
I’ll rock with a few more entries of the Mailbag with Coach Pop and call it a day!