- Created on Friday, 30 November 2012 16:07
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Russell Banton
Greg Popovich: "I'm resting my starters tonight."
David Stern:¬†¬† "I'm entitled to give you Substantial Sanctions."
Greg Popovich: "It's my team."
David Stern:¬† "Truth is this was an unacceptable decision."
Greg Popovich: " You can't handle the truth!¬† Sir, we work in a league that has challenges.¬† And these challenges have to be overcome by men with talent.¬† Who's going to it, you?¬† You, Mr. Silva?¬† I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom.¬† You weep for the fans and you curse the Spurs.¬† You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing how to do what I do know how to do: that the fans loss, while disappointing, probably saves injury or wins, or both.¬† And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves injury and wins.¬† You don't want the truth.¬† Because deep down in places your conscience doesn't admit to the media, you want my team meeting those challenges, you need my team meeting those challenges.¬† We use words like character, sacrifice, corporate knowledge ..... we use these as the backbone to a career spent defending something.¬† You ignore them in the interest of promoting 'me first', 'street cred',¬† 'physically gifted' individuals and teams.¬† I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very success that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it!¬† I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way.¬† Otherwise, I suggest you discard your self-imposed high hat of royalty and pick up a hard hat of team management.¬† Either way, I don't give a flip what you think you're entitled to.
David Stern: "Did you do this because you don't like my scheduling?"
Greg Popovich: "I did what you forced me to do."
David Stern: "Did you do it to make a point?"
Greg Popovich: "You're darn right I did !"
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