Coach Pop Pregame Media Availability - Spurs vs. Nuggets

March 26, 2014

(On the evolution of the Spurs’ offense…)
“It’s a motion offense. It’s malleable. It’s ever-changing in the sense that when players are moving and the ball is moving, sometimes things happen in the offense that you didn’t plan on. The players just do and it becomes part of the offense. Other things coaches may concoct over in an office because you watch enough film where you try to manipulate something and it becomes part of the offense. Basically back in the late 90’s, Brett (Brown), Bud (Mike Budenholzer), Coach Egan and I, we decided how we wanted to play and what kind of an offense we wanted to use. We decided on a motion offense and put in the basics. Each year we tweaked it a little bit ourselves, added some things that we saw the players do, and so it evolves and continues to evolve. It doesn’t stay exactly the same, but the base is always the same.”

(On the Nuggets’ streak of 10 consecutive playoff appearances potentially being snapped…)
“Any franchise that goes into the playoffs year in and year out is a credit to the culture and organization for sure, but I don’t think about when it ends or how it started, that sort of thing. It’s just teams that have been there year after year after year deserve a lot of credit because it’s hard to do and they’ve done it. This year obviously I don’t know who’s had worse luck than they have as far as injuries are concerned.”

(On Brian Shaw’s first year as a head coach…)
“I think he’s doing a great job. He’s very knowledgeable, he’s consistent, he’s a hard worker, and I think he’s a creative guy. All of us are a whole lot more creative when we have all of our players I can tell you that. We’re much less creative when we have you guys playing instead of the real guys playing.”

(On Brett Brown’s influence to bring in Patty Mills…)
“I’m sure he was a part of it. I don’t remember exactly, to tell you the truth. We had seen those guys play at St. Mary’s so we had seen them a little bit. It’s kind of like in Argentina where those guys are tough minded. We enjoyed it, so we went over to London. I went to Brett’s practices and saw those guys playing and liked them even more. That’s where we saw (Aron) Baynes.”

(On the bench picking up slack for Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili…)
“Definitely. You just look at their minutes. We’ve kept them down. We’ve always been a team that’s tried to get role players around those guys and tried to play more guys than most other teams play. It’s worked well for us. This year the bench has been very significant in keeping our heads above water and winning games.”

(On playing a team in back to back games…)
“It’s a pain. I hate it. I think all coaches hate it. Teams probably hate it too. If you win the first one, you’re definitely behind the power curve in the second one because there’s no way you can humanly generate up enough emotion because the other team has the edge in that way. They don’t want to lose two in a row like that. It’s always tough, but it’s a good test of mental toughness. If you lose the first one, to come back win, or if you win the first one, you try to win two. That’s usually the way we try to play it.”

(On problems Kenneth Faried presents a team…)
“He’s probably one of the top two or three most consistent energy guys in the league. He continues to try to improve his jumper, his jump hook and his floater. Energy-wise, nobody plays every down the way he does and that’s the problem. I don’t care who it is, he’s going to out-work whoever it is.”

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