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Pop can't remember the last time San Antonio practiced

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07:31 AM ET 12.24 | Forgive the Spurs for looking ahead to 2014. Eight days remain in the cruelest two months of the season for the Spurs, a stretch coach Gregg Popovich has called horrible. Even the Christmas Day game is the front half of a set of back-to-back games. The team is scheduled to depart for Dallas after playing the Rockets at the AT&T Center. Ho, ho, ho. The November and December schedules have been so full of games and travel days that Popovich has chosen to use off days as rest days, including Sunday. Asked to recall the last practice, Popovich furrowed his brow, scratched his head and gave up. "I can't remember," he said. In fact, the last real practice was Nov. 19, during a stretch of four days without a game after returning from a victory in Utah and preceding a home win over Boston.

San Antonio Express-News

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December 24, 2013  07:37 AM ET

Alzheimer's Is A Terrible Thing, Bro.

December 24, 2013  08:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Alzheimer's Is A Terrible Thing, Bro.

LOL......well.....in fairness to Pop.....NBA teams rarely 'practice' after the season starts.

Mostly, shoot-arounds and tape viewings.....and now and then, walking through a 'new' play.

Really brings some clarity to the Allen Iverson "practice" dialogue from a few years back.

December 24, 2013  08:12 AM ET

BOOO FREAKING WHOOO....

December 24, 2013  09:44 AM ET

His bunch doesn't need much practice because he doesn't have to teach them anything new! The same old same old seems to always work for them!!

December 24, 2013  10:27 AM ET

Whatever they're doing they're doing a great job! Can you imagine if they did have practice. They could have gone undefeated?

December 24, 2013  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Whatever they're doing they're doing a great job! Can you imagine if they did have practice. They could have gone undefeated?

Either that or had more injuries, lol.

That's what makes Pop so great. He takes what he has and figures out how to get the most out of it without overdoing it. He's like a master mechanic getting the most horsepower possible out of his engine without breaking it.

December 24, 2013  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Either that or had more injuries, lol.That's what makes Pop so great. He takes what he has and figures out how to get the most out of it without overdoing it. He's like a master mechanic getting the most horsepower possible out of his engine without breaking it.

Here's a team that knows that the regular season means nothing but yet they go through the regular season like a stroll in the park. He manages his players minutes and sits them out even if they're playing the top teams.

December 24, 2013  10:53 AM ET

This schedule (which is the same at some point for all NBA teams) underscores the value of a deep bench. Too few teams develop a deep bench, which leads to fatigue and injuries for the starters.

December 24, 2013  10:55 AM ET

I forgot to mention that Wino Pop is one of the worse coach ever. Coaches like Nate McMillan and Mike Brown are considered the best coach ever. The Thunder and Heat coach are also bad coaches...lol

December 24, 2013  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I forgot to mention that Wino Pop is one of the worse coach ever. Coaches like Nate McMillan and Mike Brown are considered the best coach ever. The Thunder and Heat coach are also bad coaches...lol

So, you're channeling "ghost"? lol.

December 24, 2013  11:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

So, you're channeling "ghost"? lol.

Hehehe! I just can't believe that a diehard Spurs fan would take Brown or McMillan over Pop. So ungrateful and sure don't know what bball is.

December 24, 2013  11:56 AM ET

well, when you're good... you're good... I'll give them credit where it's due. The spurs may be the best coached team in the league. When you don't even need to practice and you don't miss a beat, man does that speak volumes about his coaching.

December 24, 2013  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Alzheimer's Is A Terrible Thing, Bro.

That's twisted but kind of funny bro.

December 24, 2013  12:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

well, when you're good... you're good... I'll give them credit where it's due. The spurs may be the best coached team in the league. When you don't even need to practice and you don't miss a beat, man does that speak volumes about his coaching.

Speaks volumes, yes. But what does it say? The team personnel is so good they don't need a coach? The coach is so bad that the team does better the less time they have with him? LOL.

December 24, 2013  01:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Hehehe! I just can't believe that a diehard Spurs fan would take Brown or McMillan over Pop. So ungrateful and sure don't know what bball is.

Long before Pop ever messed up the finals for the Spurs, I had long called him out for his poor in-game coaching decisions because it was happening too frequently for a long time.

All he did in his latest finals appearance was show the world what I had long been saying which is he runs a great practice but he makes terrible mistakes in the heat of the moment.

That is what happens when the game starts to pass you by. Pop, Phony Phil, Kobe, all of them should have stepped away years ago.

December 24, 2013  01:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Long before Pop ever messed up the finals for the Spurs, I had long called him out for his poor in-game coaching decisions because it was happening too frequently for a long time.All he did in his latest finals appearance was show the world what I had long been saying which is he runs a great practice but he makes terrible mistakes in the heat of the moment. That is what happens when the game starts to pass you by. Pop, Phony Phil, Kobe, all of them should have stepped away years ago.

Ha! The ghost returns!! Good to hear from you, again (even though I do agree with GB that your take on Pop is outrageous). We'll see what the Spurs can do this year.

December 24, 2013  03:30 PM ET

On a related news, Mike D'Antoni can't remember the last time he coached.

December 24, 2013  03:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Alzheimer's Is A Terrible Thing, Bro.

Not only Alzheimer's, it can be a whole bunch of other brain diseases

December 24, 2013  08:29 PM ET

I really like the class from Pop and the San Antonio organization as a whole.
However knowing them when Tim Duncan or Tony Parker get a season ending injury next year and they decide to tank for a no. 1 overall pick I'll lose all respect for them again.
But for the time being-classy.
On topic though-San Antonio doesn't need practice. The whole team breaths basketball like no other team I've seen. They've spent so much time refining their technique it's rare to see them not practice more scenarios. However I'd be more scared as a Heat fan. They nearly beat you and you got lucky and beat them-a dedicated (and haunted) team like the Spurs should be practicing their brains out for that situation to come again.
Which begs the question why aren't they? Best way to gain some muscle memory is when the body is pushed through exhaustion. Only answer is they already have practiced. They're just staying fit now.

 
December 24, 2013  08:45 PM ET

WE TALKIN' 'BOUT PRACTICE??!! PRACTICE??!! NOT A GAME... PRACTICE??!!

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