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Game 6 still haunts Popovich

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07:16 AM ET 09.19 | Finally, Gregg Popovich's season is underway -- as of Wednesday, when he flew to San Francisco with his rebuilt staff. He and his coaches will review film, and they talk about what they need to change, and in the evenings they might even have time to try a glass of wine from the region. When they return to San Antonio on Sunday, they will be ready for training camp. But Popovich is hoping for something else, and it's that the rebooting of NBA basketball will reboot his brain. No matter what he does, he can't get Game 6 out of his head. ... And when asked if something as aggressive as boxing is a way to release anxiety held over from the 2013 NBA Finals, Popovich doesn't pull punches. "Nothing is a release," he said. Game 7 is a fog to him. "Was there one?" he asked. Game 6 is another matter.

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September 19, 2013  07:54 AM ET

The Spurs had a great run.

September 19, 2013  08:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Spurs had a great run.

The coach didn't.

Having Manu play THAT many crucial minutes when he really was out of place, turn-over prone and inept was mind boggling. This isn't Monday morning QBing, it was actually rather obvious during the entire series.

September 19, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Ghost will be all over Wino Pop today. 3 Spurs fighting for a rebound and didn't get it cost them the ring.

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September 19, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Come To LA, Bro.

September 19, 2013  09:54 AM ET

That vision of Manu and his bag of nothing has to be damned depressing.

September 19, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

That vision of Manu and his bag of nothing has to be damned depressing.

I agree... Cuban really effed up this team...!

September 19, 2013  11:16 AM ET

I understand Pop. I'm still pissed too.

September 19, 2013  12:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Come To LA, Bro.

True Jack, Pop would be a great coach.
Damn, can't wait to see D'umbtoni gone. Smh

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September 19, 2013  12:21 PM ET

I'm sure LBJ is laughing all the way to the bank.

September 19, 2013  12:45 PM ET

He blew it plain and simple. Stupid Wino Pop.

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September 19, 2013  01:28 PM ET

There is no doubt that Popovich is on a very short list of the best coaches in his sport. But, there is little doubt that he blew that game, and with it the series and the title. As a Heat fan, I'm thrilled. As a basketball fan, I feel for him.

September 19, 2013  02:57 PM ET

Hey Pop.

BOOO!

Get over it....the new season is soon to begin. I'd worry more about Parker being tired after the Euro games...........

September 19, 2013  04:59 PM ET

Pop has 4 rings and is whining?
Just as bad as Kobe and Fisher who cried like three year old girls on the bench as OKC whooped them.
Like dudes you guys won 5 rings, grow up!

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September 19, 2013  07:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

There is no doubt that Popovich is on a very short list of the best coaches in his sport. But, there is little doubt that he blew that game, and with it the series and the title. As a Heat fan, I'm thrilled. As a basketball fan, I feel for him.

I appreciate your honesty man. Way to go!

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September 19, 2013  07:46 PM ET
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Coaches get far too much credit and are only as good as the players they have. The so called best coaches of all time were just lucky to have the best players of all time.

Phil had Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, Shaq & Kobe. Not a bad group.

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