If you didn’t already know, Gregg Popovich is one of the most interesting men in the world… Not only does he look like the guy from the Dos Equis commercials, he acts that way. From buying dinners north of $50,000 for the team, to just being the funniest guy in the room. This story was just something else. Coach Pop asked a homeless man in a park if he could yell at his San Antonio Spurs team in front of him:
[The Athletic] – Johnson: We were on the bus to go to the plane the next morning. He said, “Everybody get off the bus.” It’s early in the morning. We had to follow him.
Stoudamire: We go into the park, and there’s a homeless guy sitting on the bench, right? He’s minding his own business in the park. And Pop asks the guy, “Excuse me, can we have a meeting real quick?”
Johnson: He’s like, “Sit right here. Sit in the grass.” Some guys didn’t want to sit in the grass because it was still wet. He was like, “Man, I’ll buy you new clothes. Just sit in the damn grass.” He sat down and just started calmly letting guys have it. “Bruce Bowen, you’re a prima donna. You don’t play defense anymore like people say you do.” He just went down the line. And the thing is, all the stuff he’s saying, he’s right about.
We all know Pop is legendary for the way he connects with players on both bball and non bball related topics.
Here's the interesting thing though: His impact even touches players he only coached for a few games.
— The Athletic NBA (@TheAthleticNBA) November 18, 2019
Yeah Pop is just different, but it’s fun for us all. In the meantime, enjoy some of his best moments: