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“Stay away from interviewing Popovich” - Gregg Popovich gives sage advice to a young news reporter

Some media personalities dread interviewing Gregg Popovich because of his often sarcasm and tongue-in-cheek remarks. But the San Antonio Spurs coach says it's all for fun!
Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich

One of the many things San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has become famous for is his hilarious and sometimes heated banter with reporters. So, when a high school reporter asked him for advice on her first day of work, the three-time Coach of the Year had the perfect answer.

"Stay away from interviewing Popovich," he said.

"I'm funny though!"

Of course, the statement was made in jest, as Popovich probably doesn't dislike giving out interviews, even if some of his previous run-ins with reporters show otherwise.

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Coach Pop also took the opportunity on Saturday to explain why he often pokes fun at reporters. He also stated that if those people on the receiving end of his jokes and sarcasm can't take it, it's not his problem.

Because of his occasional tongue-in-cheek remarks and dismissive attitude, some media personalities perhaps dread when they are tasked with facing Popovich. But fortunately, many of his interactions and interviews make for good television.

Enjoying it while it lasts

It's hard not to appreciate Popovich for his contributions to the sport on and off the court. But it's time to address the elephant in the room. We should value Coach Pop while we still can. At 73 years old, he is the oldest NBA coach ever, and it is only a matter of time before he calls it quits.

Popovich will go down in history when he retires as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, coaches of all time. Some of the things he will be remembered for are his five championship rings, being the winningest coach in the Association, and recording the most consecutive winning seasons (22) in league history.

Of course, his entertaining interactions with the media will also never be forgotten.

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