Before Tip-Off: Coach Popovich, Williams discuss Spurs vs. Pelicans

AT&T CENTER – It’s Monday evening, as the San Antonio Spurs (12-1) prepare to host their Southwest Division opponents, the New Orleans Pelicans (6-6). Though the teams will see each other at least three more times this season, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and Pelicans coach Monty Williams had some early remarks in preparation for the game, and in one question, my two-year streak of being “Pop’d” came to an end.

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Popovich: “It just makes you sick when somebody like that goes down. It’s beyond comprehension, you just feel terrible for the kid.”

Paul’s two year-streak of getting Pop’d ends Monday

Prior to the game, Project Spurs’ own Quixem Ramirez dug up some interesting statistics about Pelicans big man Anthony Davis. In said statistics, Ramirez found that Davis is on pace to finish in the company of only David Robinson and Hakeem Olajuwon as far as where big men have finished a season averaging certain numbers in blocks and steals per game.

I told Coach Popovich about the statistics and ended with “Do you see any similarities to those guys early on?”

His response, “Is that a serious question?”

From there he went on to say all three are different types of players in their own regards. “Every player’s different,” said Popovich. “I don’t even know how to answer that question. They’re obviously very different from each other.”

In regards to the two-year streak, the last time I was “Pop’d” was in the 2011 playoffs when the Spurs lost to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Diaw ready to go with no minutes limitations

After missing Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Spurs forward Boris Diaw will be back in action tonight against the Pelicans. Coach Pop said there wouldn’t be a minutes restriction on Diaw to ease him back.

Coach Williams on if he uses the game against the Spurs as a measuring stick

“We never talk about our games that way, that’s something I learned here.”

Coach Williams compliments the Spurs

“They always play at a high-level all year round,” said Williams of San Antonio. “They’re a complete team.”

“Tony (Parker), as good as he is, he’s underrated,” continued Williams. Williams even talked about how amazing it is that Parker plays so much basketball over the summer and is still one of the top players in the NBA.

“They probably have the deepest team in the league,” said Coach Williams of the Spurs’ depth.

Coach Williams on his time in San Antonio

“It was a blessing just to be here. I learned so much about not just basketball, but becoming a man.”

“I wouldn’t be in this position if Pop and R.C. (Buford) hadn’t taken a chance on me. I was very blessed to be apart of the organization. I can never repay them for all that.”


Paul Garcia

About Paul Garcia

Paul is a San Antonio Spurs credentialed media member for Project Spurs. He covered the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, TX, and the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals. Paul has been featured on WOAI, Fox 29, and numerous nationwide radio shows.