We already knew this, though.
He’s hard-nosed, but caring. A disciplinarian who trusts his players to make the right choices based on the core values he’s instilled in them. He treats them with respect and absolutely demands the same in return.
He’s old school, but stays current. He will not allow any player to run things, or act bigger than anyone else regardless of contract, profile or superstardom. His system works. Both on and off the court. For all sorts of players, ranging from the quiet and reserved Tim Duncan to the erratically emotional Stephen Jackson, players place their trust in Popovich because he's solid.
We were given a taste of Pop’s coaching style earlier in San Antonio’s series against the Thunder when he encouraged his team to show him some nasty. It made for national headlines and resulted in plenty of YouTube views, but that’s only one example of Popovich getting his team to give more on the floor.
Here’s a great compilation video of Popovich doing what he does best: Zinging people. Whether it’s the media, his players or the poor sideline reporters who ask him questions while he's coaching during a game, Pop truly is the best.
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