Popovich made significant growth 10 years ago or so after David Robinson left. It had been pretty stilted. You know, two big guys. A lot of stuff he does represents the triangle offense. They flow into it a different way. Strong-side triangle. Pinch-post action. Some of it may have come about because we were going at each other all the time in the playoffs and he had to defend against it.
Those of you who thought Phil was complimenting Pop and the Spurs should read the interview again. I found it condescending and typical of PJax's arrogant view that he was the innovator and Pop the imitator.