Emmanuel Mudiay mimics ref as Gregg Popovich ejected
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected in the late in the first half of Thursday’s home game with the Nuggets, which wasn’t especially noteworthy given that he’s in his 21st season as an NBA head coach.
What was noteworthy, however, was the reaction of Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who couldn’t resist having a little fun with the Cantankerous One as he was in the process of getting tossed.
Unfortunately for the Nuggets, they were unable to capitalize on Popovich’s departure as the Spurs — who also lost Pau Gasol to a broken metacarpal bone suffered during warmups — outscored them by 18 points over the ensuing seven-plus minutes en route to a 118-104 victory.
Mudiay later apologized via Twitter.
I apologize if I offended some but I didn't mean no disrespect towards coach Pop, one of the Goat . I'm just trying to have fun.
— Emmanuel Mudiay (@emmanuelmudiay) January 20, 2017