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Raw Popovich on John Wall, Camera Lights, Russian Olympics & Figure Skating (Video)

Updated: February 6, 2014

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Wednesday night wasn’t TAI’s first time at Gregg Popovich’s pre-game rodeo.

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.

When the Spurs last came to town, “Pops” facetiously spoke about his “marriage” to Tim Duncan. That was fun. TAI’s Rashad Mobley once asked the old dog what it takes to be a good road team.

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.


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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.