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.