Gregg Popovich put forth a performance that can only be described as one of his all-time bests in the press conference before Game 3 of the NBA Finals. He used all of 25 words.
Popovich is known for being a curt, short-winded speaker, but that's generally when he's got something better to do (mainly exhibited in interviews between quarters), or when he's a bit upset (postgame interviews following losses).
Here's a look at exactly what went down, via Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel:
The introspective Gregg Popovich pregame press conference (Yes, that was all of it): twitter.com/DanWetzel/stat…— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) June 12, 2013
I suppose in this case, a picture is only worth 25 words.
As a comparison, reporters used 87 words in order to get those quick 25 out of Pop. That's an immaculate words used-words taken ratio for the old man there.
You hear stories about veterans coming through huge in the clutch, like Michael Jordan in his flu game, Robert Horry's game-winner against the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 of the 2005 NBA Finals, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar winning the finals MVP as a 37-year-old in 1985, but one happening in this day and age is amazing.
Here's to you, Pop. That's a record that won't be broken for decades.