Nov 2, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has always had a tenuous relationship with the sporting media, and those of us watching last night’s Thunder-Spurs game were treated to yet another of his humorous tiffs with a sideline reporter, namely TNT’s David Aldridge.
Never to be confused for someone who suffers fools, “Pop” does not have an abundance of patience for the in-game interview segments that coaches are required to give under the terms of the league’s various broadcast agreements, and if he doesn’t like one of your questions, he will surely not hesitate to tell you so (just ask Craig Sager, assuming you can hear his response over the volume of his suit). Watch below as Aldridge, one of the most respected NBA reporters in the game, had the temerity to ask Coach Pop about his feelings following a third quarter in which the Thunder erased a ten-point deficit and tied the game on a two-thirds-court shot by Eric Maynor.
Geez Pop, you’re coaching grown men playing a game for a living, not going off to war. Was that a Pulitzer-worthy question from Aldridge? Absolutely not, but that doesn’t mean you have to emasculate the poor guy on national TV like you’re the cool kid in high school and DA is a nerd who dared speak to you by name.
Wait, no– by all means, keep it at it, if only because it’s pretty damn funny and good fodder for the bloggers of the world. But, in terms of being a human being who has to interact with other human beings on a semi-regular basis, you may want to tone down the quiet outrage and condescension just a tad. Just smile and nod and give a non-answer and then curse his stupidity afterward under your breath like a normal, passive-aggressive, functioning member of society.
The Spurs ended up winning the game on a last second shot by Tony Parker. Just don’t ask Gregg Popovich if he’s happy about it.
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