By Trevor Zickgraf, Project Spurs.com
Gregg Popovich doesn't do long form interviews very often, so when the San Antonio Spurs head coach blesses the mic, it's important to listen. Wednesday, the Dan LeBatard Show (scroll down to the on demand section to listen) in Miami had former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy on as a guest host and he convinced his friend Pop to come on and speak with SVG, LeBatard and co-host Jon "Stogotz" Weiner. Despite his surly persona, Pop is a really funny guy when not caught during between quarter interviews or right before or after a game.
Van Gundy, who went through Hell with the Dwight Howard situation last season, asked Pop what his secret is to avoiding all the drama that hits several great teams.
"You know I think the first thing is that we’re just lucky because it’s a small market. You know, anything that happens in a bigger market you hear about it. When I go to a press conference like shootaround in the morning or tonight before the game it might be like 1 ½ people there. You know, so it’s like easy for us because it’s small market. Secondly we had guys over the years that are pretty, you know, they’re no better than anybody else, but their personalities are such that they don’t really look for the limelight. You know Tim Duncan, the last time he talked to me he was three months ago."
That's probably not a total exaggeration. Obviously they've talked since training camp has started, but I don't imagine once Duncan got his contract signed he and Pop saw much of each other over the summer. Unless Pop babysat for Duncan's kids, which would just be awesome to see. Here's a couple of other highlights:
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