Gregg Popovich's Entire Pregame Comments in Just 25 Words

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2013

MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 25:  Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs reacts in the second half while taking on the Memphis Grizzlies during Game Three of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the FedExForum on May 25, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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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).

I can only assume he's still got a bit of a frown on his mug from the manhandling the Miami Heat gave to his San Antonio Spurs in Game 2.

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):…

— 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.

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Here's to you, Pop. That's a record that won't be broken for decades.