During the tenured coach’s pregame session with the media, he was made aware of this tweet from Nash. And in classic Popovich style, he sarcastically answered the question, but not before making his feelings about Twitter crystal clear.
“Does Steve tweet? I’ve lost all respect,” Popovich joked. “Steve Nash should not be a tweeter. He’s a competitor, not a tweeter.”
As for Nash’s assertion that the coach’s time in the military helped him become a basketball mastermind, Popovich wholeheartedly agreed.
“He’s absolutely correct,” Popovich deadpanned. “I spent all my military time in Russian basketball courts in different cities collecting as many out of bounds plays as I possibly could. And now, I’ve had a chance to employ them.”
Popovich will never write a book, and if one is written about him, it will be deeply unsatisfying. He’s got too much lockdown on his life, his thoughts, his history. And it’s too bad, because over the last year I’ve come to the conclusion that not only is he the best coach in the NBA, he may be the best of all time, and he’s probably the most interesting, too. There’s no ego to him. None. The man’s a whisper of smoke in reasonably nice attire. He doesn’t lash out, freak out, or mouth off. He doesn’t sink to “psychological warfare” or any of the other crap certain other coaches sink to. He just does his job, treats his guys like men, wins games, and then deflects all of it to his players. And in the meantime, we miss out on the fact that Nash is kidding, but also really kind of right. The guy majored in Soviet studies during the cold war. There are bodies hidden somewhere, man. All of a sudden the lifeless, cold aspect of the Spurs seems much more fitting.
Also, did you know he wrote a chapter about Robinson for a Chicken Soup for the Soul book? What the hell?