Raw Popovich on John Wall, Camera Lights, Russian Olympics & Figure Skating (Video)
If it seems silly to make a ‘deal’ out of a coach simply speaking, it is. But also: It’s Gregg Popovich. Even the most casual of NBA fans have likely seen his in-game interviews and have smiled, scoffed or wondered. And let’s be honest, he knows that he’s being entertaining.
On Wednesday night, Popovich spoke on a variety of topics, as you probably gathered from the title of this post, including:
You need that unnecessary camera light on for this silly little pre-game interview? Nope? “Great … save energy.”
How does your former player, Garrett Temple, look? “I haven’t watched him play at all… He’s an athletic kid, I assume he still is.”
On John Wall: “He sharing the ball much better now. He’s playing with all of his teammates … I think he trusts his teammates a lot more than he ever did before.”
On the Russian Olympics? “You would wonder with everything that’s going on, why would they put it in such a dangerous spot…” But Popovich conceded: “You could almost make the case: Where is it not dangerous in the world?
Does he watch? “I’ll probably tune into things that interest my wife… She loves figure skating. I can’t watch it, though. It makes me too nervous.
“I can’t stand it, honestly, when they fall. I feel awful for them. It’s like somebody missing two free throws at the end of a basketball game and they go home and want to jump off a building.
“I can’t stand to see them jump and come down, because I’m scared to death they’re going to fall. I don’t care what country it is, it just drives me crazy to watch. I turn away like a horror movie. That’s the truth.”
…and a variety of other topics/quotes.
Watch Popovich’s full pre-game interview below.