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NBA Finals: Spurs’ coach puts Pop into news conferences
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The good Pop » When an 11-year-old Latino boy who sang the national anthem before Game 3 was the subject of racist remarks on Twitter, Popovich leapt to the defense of Sebastien De La Cruz.

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"He’s a class act," Popovich said. "Way more mature than most his age. And as much as those comments by the idiots saddens you about your country, he makes you feel the future could be very bright."

The dismissive Pop » Popovich was asked after a 109-93 loss in Game 4 why Manu Ginobili had been so ineffective to that point in the series.

"I don’t know," he said. "If I knew that I would have already fixed it."

The instructive Pop » In illustrating the maturation of James before Game 2, Pop relished a chance to send a couple digs toward his favorite targets in the media.


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"He’s a grown man. He doesn’t need any of you to tell him anything," he said. "He knows more than all of you put together. He understands the game. If he makes a pass and you all think he should have shot it, or he shoots it and you think he should have made a pass, your opinions mean nothing to him, as they should not mean anything to him."

The trite Pop » Popovich was asked about his strategy going into Game 5 and whether he could do anything different after James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh struck for 85 points in Game 4.

"I’d hate to be trite and say anything is possible," he cracked. "Your question demands my triteness."

The crazy Pop » Popovich said he has nothing to do with the unflappable nature of the Spurs as a team, and that it’s all a testament to Tim Duncan.

"I think it’s just a reflection of their personalities," he said. "If anybody is crazy in the group, it’s me. They pretty much have an even keel. Timmy Duncan sets the tone, and he just competes. Whether he does well or whether he does poorly, game in, game out, year in, year out, he competes and people just follow that."

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