With the Spurs, sometimes you have to be lucky not to get Pop'd - CBSSports.com
I finally got Pop'd.
For those who don't know, "getting Pop'd" is when you ask a question that San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich refuses to answer while giving you a bit of a biting quip.
It's almost every journalist's rite of passage in the NBA world when you're dealing with one of the most successful coaches in league history. And I'm pretty surprised it didn't happen earlier in dealing with Popovich. I've been in media scrums a few times with him over the past couple of years, but the last two times I asked him a question, I figured one of them would leave him momentarily exasperated.
Back on Feb. 6, the Spurs were visiting Minneapolis and I asked Popovich before the game about adjusting their attack with just Tony Parker on the floor (Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were out). At the time, I was worried I'd get Pop'd and not receive a real answer, but he gave me a great answer about not asking his players to do anything out of the norm for their system.
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Tuesday night, the Spurs returned to Minneapolis and I found myself in the pregame media scrum. The questions from the reporters weren't really flowing like they normally would with a coach before the game. Everybody seemed hesitant, so I decided to ask him about how you defend a 3-point shooting team like the Spurs, who are so good at attacking from the corners. And that's when Pop got me:
"If I had that answer, do you think I'd give it to you?"
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