Gregg Popovich Calls Spurs' Home Winning Streak 'Absolutely Meaningless'

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2016

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich signals to his players during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 110-97. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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The San Antonio Spurs—who have won 48 consecutive regular-season games at the AT&T Center—are just two wins away from becoming the first team in NBA history to go 41-0 at home in a season. It's a feat that should get even Spurs coach Gregg Popovich excited, right?

Wrong.

Popovich could not care less about running the table at home. On Friday night in Denver, the 67-year-old made it clear that a potential perfect regular season at home is "absolutely meaningless," per Pat Graham of the Associated Press (via the News & Observer):

What does that get you if you're defeated? Does it win you anything? That's why it's meaningless. Maybe a cup of coffee or something. But that's about it.

Some may find the stance odd, but it's classic Popovich.

The five-time NBA champion knows that setting the record does not win a team a title. For that reason, the Golden State Warriors have had to weigh the pros and cons of going after the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' single-season wins record of 72-10 versus resting players for the postseason.

The Spurs will host the Warriors on Sunday and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. If San Antonio wins both games to set the record, cool. If not, Popovich isn't going to lose any sleep over it. All he will do is move on and shift into playoff mode.

And that's why Popovich is Popovich.