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Mark Jackson not a fan of Pop’s favorable treatment

It seems everyone is trying to take a page from Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich’s book, even Golden State head coach Mark Jackson.

The Warriors coach has been joking about “getting my Pop on” every time he sits one of his main stars with an injury for the past couple of weeks. The reference is to Popovich, who often rests (and is successful when doing so) his players to rest during the grueling 82-game NBA season.

However, Jackson knows if the move backfires it would result in fans criticizing him over the move. Warriors beat writer Geoff Lepper tweeted out Jackson’s comments late Tuesday night after he sat Jermaine O’Neal.

The third-year coach has been trying to give his injured players rest during the season in order for them to be healthier for more important games of the year. Sound familiar? — Andre Iguodala sat out Tuesday’s game against Orlando with tendinitis in his right knee, and is expected to miss up to three games. Center Andrew Bogut also sat out Tuesday with inflammation in his left ankle.

Bogut and O’Neal are expected to return either Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks or Saturday against the Spurs, while Iguodala is expected to miss both games.

The Warriors currently own a record of 43-26 and are in sixth place in the tight Western Conference standings. They are 1½ games behind the Portland Trail Blazers and 1½ games ahead of the Dallas Mavericks.

Other notable coaches resting their stars are Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, who often sits LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks recently commented he would be resting Russell Westbrook during back-to-back games as he still recovers from a second knee surgery earlier in the season.

With the NBA Playoffs just around the corner, it seems several head coaches will be “getting their Pop on” but time will tell if they will be just as successful.

About Stephen Anderson

New writer to the Project Spurs staff. Stephen brings his unique writing style from Minute By Minute Sports, a sports blog he founded. He also has written for news websites and for UK reality TV shows. Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@andersonstevem) for all the latest news on San Antonio sports.

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