2 hours ago – via Joe Vardon @ The Athletic
To be clear, Popovich is horrified by his own record coaching this team. He dwells on it and hates the losing. The players are frustrated, too, grumbling on their way back to the locker room about “running the San Antonio offense” when apparently they feel like there are better ideas. Pop has said, because of the truncated nature of Team USA’s training camp, the offense would be based on “concepts” instead of set plays
Great to see Joe true to form stirring the pot as always. I thought a lot of the players that accepted (e.g. Durant, Dame) did so because they wanted to play for Pop?
The Pop question has crossed my mind. His spot in the NBA coach's pantheon is unimpeachable but maybe his approach to the international game isn't working.
We can talk about international players getting better, and national teams having more cohesion but the reality is that when Yabu was playing in the NBA everyone in the Olympic team right now would've looked at him like lunch if he was in front of them. What changed? It's still basketball. Our team should be eating these defenders alive.
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