Posted January 08, 2014

Video: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich badgers, hugs Jeff Van Gundy during interview

Ben Golliver, Dallas Mavericks, Gregg Popovich, Jeff Van Gundy, San Antonio Spurs

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich badgered Jeff Van Gundy before eventually offering him a warm embrace during an in-game interview that aired between the third and fourth quarters of San Antonio’s Wednesday night game against Dallas.

The former NBA coach turned ESPN commentator approached the notoriously prickly Popovich with trepidation.

“You’re making me nervous,” Van Gundy said. “Seriously, I’ve never been so nervous in my life.”

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Popovich repeatedly interrupted Van Gundy’s monologue, asking him what the question was. When Van Gundy said that his sideline reporter colleagues advised him to “explore [Popovich's] feelings” during the interview, the Hall of Fame coach nodded, paused for a second, and then reached over to hug Van Gundy with both arms.

After patting Van Gunday on the back, pointing a finger, and saying “I love you,” Popovich ended the interview and returned to his duties.

Popovich’s behavior during in-game interviews was discussed in a 2013 Sports Illustrated profile.

Video via YouTube user cjzerovids | Hat tip: @CJZero

3 comments
gunter
gunter

If you don't love Pop, you don't get it.  Best coach - EVER.


dchiu2013
dchiu2013

They should have their own basketball sitcom