Yesterday, we all learned that Gregg Popovich thinks Stephen Jackson is a good defender because Captain Jack has no idea what he’s doing. Today, we find out that even Coach Pop was more than a little nervous to bring Stephen Jackson in to the mix, especially in the midst of a possible championship season.
When the Spurs reacquired the volatile 34-year-old in a March trade for Richard Jefferson, playoff moments such as this were the second thought that entered Popovich’s mind.
“My first thought was, ‘Why in the world am I doing this?’” Popovich kidded.
I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it definitely feels like Gregg Popovich is slowly but surely building a standup set of Stephen Jackson jokes. Pretty soon he’ll be peppering in things like “The only thing Stephen Jackson does on the straight and narrow is line up the NBA symbol on his headband” to postgame press conferences and working up “Take my Stephen Jackson please” material for between-quarters interviews.
At least that is how I envision it, though I will admit that it’s pretty unlikely Gregg Popovich is doing open mic performances in and around San Antonio. Kind of hard for him to keep a low profile in that city, I’d imagine. That being the case, I’ll just assume all these jokes are for a private offseason roast, because that is something I can easily see existing. Some drinks, some friends and Gregg Popovich’s best cracks on his players seems like a pretty chill evening.