Lakers-Spurs: Stay Classy, Gregg Popovich, Even in Defeat

Jason BourneContributor IMay 27, 2008

The media loves controversy.  It doesn’t matter if it is sports, celebrity gossip, or a presidential race—controversy sells newspapers and increases TV viewership. 

That is why I take my hat off to Gregg Popovich.  Today the media tried to bait him after a potentially “controversial” last-second call by Joey Crawford—the “Spur hating” NBA referee. 

What did Pop do? 

“It was a good no call,” he said.  J.A. Adande (resident Laker lover) tried to bait him once more.  Pop said, “If I was a referee I would not have called a foul. What do you want me to say?” 

Talk about class.  I hate the Spurs and I was furious thinking that the Lakers got bailed out of yet another loss. 

Gregg Popovich changed my mind. He reminded me that the game is won and lost by players—not by referees. 

Popovich reminded all fans that calls go both ways, and when it comes right down to it you have to put yourself in a position to win and then make the shot when the game is on the line.  This isn’t “call your own fouls, no shot clock, play to 11″ street ball and in the heat of the moment, anything can happen. 

Hats off to Popovich and the rest of the classy Spurs for acting like winners, even in defeat.