We all know that Gregg Popovich hates doing press. Or maybe he loves it because that’s when he does his best bits. Hard to tell. The point is, when it comes to press, Gregg Popovich is always ready with a sarcastic remark rather than an actual answer to what he thinks about the game.
Last night was no different, as Popovich took a simple question about the “keys to the game” and turned it in to a treatise on how stupid such a question is. From the Salt Lake Tribune:
Did you ask me that last night? Say whatever you want. It’s transition D. It’s making shots. Don’t turn it over. It’s all bull—-. Have more points than they do, that’s the key. Just make it up and say I said it. I don’t care.
Someday, we will tire of Gregg Popovich gently humiliating reporters but today is not that day. This is another Popovich classic and I think we can all agree that the main key to basketball is scoring more points than the other team. If you do that, you’re guaranteed a win. That’s why Popovich is one of the best coaches in the league.
However, the end part of the quote — the “Make it up and say I said it” part — means you get to create your own Gregg Popovich quote and have it be legit. Something like, “The key to the game was making sure Boris Diaw lugged his manboobs up and down the court for 48 minutes,” followed by an eyeroll would be something he’d say.
So go ahead and throw your favorite made-up Popovich quote in the comments. If we get enough, we’ll be able to lead our teams to an 11-game winning streak and then sit our three best players. Dream big.