An Ode to Gregg Popovich, the Most Interesting Man in the NBA

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An Ode to Gregg Popovich, the Most Interesting Man in the NBA
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The coaching legend displaying the stately, Auerbachian sideline decorum for which he is so well known.

Of all the characters in the NBA, no one is more layered and more fascinating than Gregg Popovich.

In his 17 seasons as coach of the San Antonio Spurs, "Pop" has slowly but surely revealed himself to be eclectic, acerbic and downright hysterical—sometimes intentionally, sometimes not.

Top that incredible personality off with an alluring backstory and a dynastic track record, and you have all the ingredients of Popovich's legendary aura. Budweiser may be the official beer partner of the NBA, but Pop might as well be a spokesman for Dos Equis.

He's the league's best coach and its most interesting man—and when you really look at the evidence, it's not close on either front. For that, Coach Pop, we salute you.

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