NBA Playoffs 2012: The Best Off-Court Moments Thus Far

Holly MacKenzieNBA Lead BloggerJune 1, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 29:  (R-L) Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks to Tim Duncan #21 and Tony Parker #9 on the bench in the third quarter while taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 29, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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One of the best parts of the NBA postseason is that coverage amps up and we get to see things we aren't privy to during the regular season.

Postgame press conferences give players a chance to show their fashion sense (or lack of one), role players with breakout performances get to go to the podium and show us their personalities and huddles become dissected and the uploaded to YouTube.

To put it simply, there's a lot going on.

If you had to pick one off-court "moment" so far, it had to be Gregg Popovich telling his team that he "want[ed] some nasty" because it was so unexpected and impassioned.


Here are some of the other sound bites we have been blessed with during the postseason thus far:

An ever-confident Rajon Rondo cut off David Aldridge after a Celtics victory against the Philadelphia 76ers to remind everyone that Boston is not entertaining talk about being old.

This is classic Rondo and classic Boston.

Everyone knows the Celtics are a veteran team and that their age has been a concern all season, but they aren't going to acknowledge it and would appreciate it if you don't, either.


As amazing as Chris Paul was during the postseason, the most disappointing part of the Clippers being done for the season was the realization that we were done with the postgame press conference appearances from Paul's son.

Here is Blake Griffin, Paul and CP3's mini-me showing everyone the "Blake face." Clipper fan or not, this is adorable.


Another Popovich gem: Tony Parker tries to convince his coach to keep him in the game despite his minutes creeping up. Popovich wants to rest him, but Parker wants to play.

After reminding his coach that he's "only 29 years old!" the point guard wins and gets to stay in the game.


After the Oklahoma City Thunder completed their first round sweep of the Dallas Mavericks, a reporter asked Russell Westbrook if he thought teammate James Harden was a player worthy of a max contract. Westbrook, understandably caught off guard, took a moment before responding with a politically correct answer about his teammate being a great player.

At the end of the response, though, Westbrook finished by saying, "No more questions for you, bro."


What were your favorite off-court moments so far this postseason?