Gregg Popovich: A Man of Zings and Rings

Holly MacKenzieNBA Lead BloggerJune 5, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 02:  Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs reacts in the first half while taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 2, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Gregg Popovich is a different sort of NBA coach.

We already knew this, though.

He’s hard-nosed, but caring. A disciplinarian who trusts his players to make the right choices based on the core values he’s instilled in them. He treats them with respect and absolutely demands the same in return. 

He’s old school, but stays current. He will not allow any player to run things, or act bigger than anyone else regardless of contract, profile or superstardom. His system works. Both on and off the court. For all sorts of players, ranging from the quiet and reserved Tim Duncan to the erratically emotional Stephen Jackson, players place their trust in Popovich because he's solid. 

We were given a taste of Pop’s coaching style earlier in San Antonio’s series against the Thunder when he encouraged his team to show him some nasty. It made for national headlines and resulted in plenty of YouTube views, but that’s only one example of Popovich getting his team to give more on the floor. 

Here’s a great compilation video of Popovich doing what he does best: Zinging people. Whether it’s the media, his players or the poor sideline reporters who ask him questions while he's coaching during a game, Pop truly is the best.