The sports entertainment industry, spearheaded by top-tier pro wrestling organization WWE has gained popularity all over the world. Interestingly, some of the biggest names in pro wrestling are actually huge NBA fans. Among them is WWE legend Sean Michaels who made an interesting comparison between Vince McMahon and Gregg Popovich.
Forever Spurs fan
Some may not know, but “The Heartbreak Kid” has been an avid San Antonio Spurs fan way back “when George Gervin and James Silas were the guys.” And when he’s in town and not doing some biceps workout in the gym, Michaels ensures he’ll be coming into the arena to watch the Spurs courtside.
“I may have been on the road for 300 days a year when I was wrestling, but I always kept my home and my heart with San Antonio and the Spurs,” Michaels said via NBA.com. “When I was off from wrestling (after a back injury in 1998), one of the first things I did was get season tickets… I’ve gotten to see this run from the beginning, and I’ve really loved getting to experience Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili.”
Coach Pop got it
For half of his life, Michaels has been an athlete, and he can confidently say, “having a great coach is key.” It’s hard to refute that because Michaels is a multi-time WWE champion and is undeniably one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time. But according to the man himself, the now-former WWE CEO Vince McMahon also played a massive role in his success. Michaels sees the same thing for the Spurs.
As per Michaels, Gregg Popovich is the heart and soul of the franchise; on top of that, he is certain that Coach Pop could make a great WWE character as he has the charisma and the ability to lead his team just like McMahon.
“To me, there’s only one guy who needs to speak for the Spurs, and that’s Pop,” Michaels declared. “He’s the single greatest interview on the face of the Earth, and nobody symbolizes the Spurs and captures them better than Coach Pop.”
“You either do it his way or you don’t play, and believe it or not, my boss for so many years Vince McMahon was sort of the same way,” he continued. “He wanted things done a certain way and that was that.”
Undeniably, Michaels’ take on Popovich and McMahon is pretty accurate. Because when we look back at it, the one thing the Spurs and the WWE have had in common is a great leader.