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Shaq shares a story about Gregg Popovich and why he respects Spurs head coach

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In the wake of Erin Popovich passing away, the NBA on TNT crew spent a good portion of time talking about the Popovich family. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is one of the most respected people in sports and every reaction was heartfelt.

As part of their reflection, Shaquille O'Neal told a story about the one time he ever disrespected the Spurs coach - and what his stepfather quickly told him.

One time me and Pop had a little altercation, and you know my father’s a military man (like Popovich), and he called me right away and said don’t you ever disrespect Pop again. He told me a story, story goes like this: I was in San Antonio in 1989, couldn’t afford a pair of 18/19 shoes. My father drove over to the Spurs, him and Pop hit it off right away, Pop gave him a couple pairs of shoes, my father brought them back to the house.

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Shaq was referring to his high school days in San Antonio, which overlapped with Pop’s first stint with the Spurs in the late 1980s.

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