Coach Popovich discusses Lakers, defends D’Antoni

Once an elite NBA power, though it’s still not too late, the 15-19 depleted Los Angeles Lakers have flown into San Antonio to visit the (27-10) San Antonio Spurs.

With the Lakers comes a lot of media, only Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich doesn’t really pay too much attention to what’s going on out in Hollywood.

“I don’t think about it,” said Coach Pop when asked if he’s surprised the Lakers have struggled three months into the season. "I just pay attention to what I have to do and then I go home," continued Popovich.

With Mike D’Antoni now coaching the Lakers, he’s been criticized now and in the past for his reputation for his past teams production on the defensive end of the floor, Popovich would disagree with most media outlets though.

"People act like he's never heard the word,” said Coach Pop of D’Antoni’s defense “like he can’t spell it, but that can't be further from the truth."

Popovich continued, "He's wasting his time trying to convince all of you guys because it's a better story the other way."

And finally, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant have more than 31 years of NBA experience combined on their resume, and Popovich gave an indication on why both players, so far in age, are having stellar careers.

"At the heart, they're very-very competitive individuals."

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.

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