Coach Pop out with “medical issue”

It’s not unusual to get the pre-game notification that coach Gregg Popovich is going to rest at one or more of his veteran players.

It’s part of the Spurs’ way.

But tonight at home against the Pacers it will be Popovich himself who’ll be out of action at as he is undergoing what is described as “a minor medical issue.”

Drawing the Xs and Os in Popovich’s place will be assistant coach Ettore Messina, who joined the Spurs staff this season. The Italian-born Messina is a four-time Euroleague champion.

Messina got his first taste of being in charge with the Spurs when he ran the show in a preseason game at Phoenix as Popovic stayed at home in San Antonio. The Spurs lost 121-90, but it should be noted that Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili also did not travel to Phoenix and Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter and Patty Mills were sidelined with injuries.

Popovich could miss several more games.




  1. SpursfanGoSpursGo says:

    Coach Pop, I wish you good health. You are the Best Coach in the NBA.

  2. james says:

    Get well Pop. I wanna see more of you with Craig Sager. Go Spurs. Hope it isn’t serious…

  3. Harriethehawk says:

    Get well Coach Popovich! Hope it’s nothing serious.

  4. Bartholomew says:

    Popovich rules.

  5. sanjay says:

    pop is a archetype coach!

  6. Jeremy says:

    You spelled medical wrong just fyi.

  7. WAMBO says:

    I hope you feel better soon Pop! Hope nothing serious! Thank you for a great year!