Gregg Popovich has never given Craig Sager a break, and Thursday night was no exception.
The streak of awkward interviews between Sager and the San Antonio Spurs head coach continued Thursday evening, but Popovich was feeling especially chatty this time around.
Video of the interview was spotted by Sean Highkin of For The Win. Sager asked the coach how he planned to stop LeBron James from penetrating the lane and improve execution on the offensive end of the floor.
Popovich responded with a total of 25 words, if you count him asking Sager to repeat one question.
“Can you repeat that?” Popovich said.
“How do you turn LeBron James into a perimeter player tonight, keep him out of the paint?” Sager responded.
“I have no clue.”
Cue Sager’s “You've got to be kidding me” pause.
As always, TNT’s courtside warrior soldiered on and asked the coach if he had plans for improving the Spurs’ ball movement. This question provoked Popovich to nearly unprecedented levels of candid conversation.
“I thought our pace was really poor in the third quarter,” Popovich said. “I thought we played in mud.”
Poor Sager couldn’t catch a break Thursday night. In addition to Pop’s customary stonewalling, the courtside reporter’s blue suit was also the target of a superhero joke from color commentator Kevin Harlan.
Video of the joke was spotted by David Astramskas of BallIsLife.com.
I agree with Harlan’s assessment: Sager is Aquaman. The man swims through ocean after ocean of icy interviews, breathing naturally in depths of awkwardness where most of us would be crushed.
God bless him.
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