Coach Pop Pregame Media Availability - Spurs vs. Timberwolves

Jan. 12, 2014

(On Kevin Love…)
“He is someone that seems to get away from teams. He finds ways to score, and he’s always going to rebound. He scores in so many different ways that he makes everybody on the team better. He can go inside and score inside, gets the offensive board, all of those sorts of things. He’s competitive on top of that. It’s not like he does it because he’s Mr. Smooth and a really skilled guy. He’s skilled but he also has competitiveness to go with it. That’s what makes him who he is.”

(On what the Spurs liked about Marco Belinelli before signing him in the off-season…)
“We really liked his ability to run a pick and roll along with being a shooter where he can change sides of the court with the ball and have somebody besides your point guard who can run a pick and roll. A lot of twos and threes can’t run a pick and roll. Either they can’t handle the ball well enough, they can’t read the situation well enough, or they can’t pass well enough. He got to do a lot of that for Thibs (Tom Thibodeau) in Chicago and he’s pretty good at it. So it makes him more of a complete player in that sense and not just a shooter. Like Manu (Ginobili), he has a good feel for the game. He understands what’s going on, he understands spatial relationships, and I like his passing, so those are other things we liked about him.”

(On Marco Belinelli spacing the offense with Tony Parker…)
“The ball can’t stay on one side of the court. If the ball stays on one side of the court, teams are generally not very successful because it’s easy for you to load up your defense and that sort of thing. If you have guys on both sides of the court that can be active once they have the ball, that’s important.”