Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, the most sarcastic of all NBA coaches
Back in the 2005 NBA Finals, coach Gregg Popovich made Nazr Mohammed start at center for the San Antonio Spurs against the Detroit Pistons. The Spurs went on to create history that day by recording a memorable victory.
But the victory is not the only memory Nazr Mohammed would like to share about that day. Nazr Mohammed recalls Gregg Popovich to be a great leader and person.
Nazr Mohammed believes the one and a half season he spent playing under Gregg Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs was more than enough to make him realize that his coach was a “good person and a good man”.
“Pop's great. He's a terrific coach. Everybody knows that,” Nazr Mohammed said in an interview on Sunday. “The success of his teams and the respect that he gets from his players and ex-players says it all. He's a good person and a good man.
“He did some unbelievable things. Sometimes he comes in and you think it's going to be about the game and he might talk to you about current events. And this is after a loss. You're like, 'Oh. Cool.' I got a lot of respect for him and how he operates.”
Gregg Popovich has often been compared to Phil Jackson, although they both use different tactics. The only thing similar in them both would probably be their unconventional strategies.
However, Gregg Popovich is considered to be a bigger entertainer than Phil Jackson in front of the camera. Gregg Popovich is widely considered to be an expert at producing sarcastically entertaining statements as answers to questions directed at him.
Nazr Mohammed laughed a bit before admitting that Gregg Popovich had a special way about tackling questions thrown at him in on and off court.
“I can't say it's an act. That's him. He has many layers,” Nazr Mohammed said. “But sound bites and what you guys see is not his complete personality. He's got a great sense of humor. You have to understand his sarcasm sometimes. Media doesn't always get the gist of it, especially in print.”