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Gregg Popovich’s wife to Spurs coach husband: ‘You’re a jerk, people hate you’

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is well know in NBA circles as a man who can barely tolerate what he considers the more annoying aspects that go hand-in-hand with being an NBA coach, most notably being forced to deal with the media. In fact, Popovich actually deplores the excruciating rigmarole inherent to conducting interviews, press conferences, and especially, those mid-game interviews with courtside reporters.

The topic came up during one of those very same blasted interactions with the dreaded media: An interview on Miami’s 790 the Ticket with Dan LeBatard, Stugotz and former fellow member of the NBA coach fraternity, Stan Van Gundy.

The topic of Popovich’s antagonistic relationship with the media was addressed, led in by how he shares the same attitudes about mid-game interviews as Van Gundy. Popovich freely admits he can be a jerk, a fact not lost on his wife, and the words attributed to his better half above is in reference to how Pops says she chastises him all the time about it.

On his and Stan Van Gundy’s attitude during postgame interviews:

“I think we were in competition with each other, the East versus the West on those first and third quarter interviews.”

Why he makes things so tough on courtside reporters:

“I know. I’m a jerk. I’m going to go ahead and admit it publically to the whole world. Tell me what to do. What should I do? The quarter ends, you just got outscored by 12 points, they had eight offensive rebounds so the question will be ‘you just got outrebounded by X amount so what are you going to do about it?’ I don’t know. Am I going to make a trade during the timeout? I don’t know. I’m going to do drills here for a while by the time the game starts, I don’t know. I’m not going to do anything. I’m just going to go back to the bench and hope we play better. I don’t know how to answer so sue me for being stupid and not having the answers to the questions. (Host: Keep doing it, it’s entertaining.) It entertains everybody but my wife. When I get home and she says ‘geez why are you so mean? You’re a jerk, people hate you.’ I go I’m sorry honey, I have to do better next time.”

On being criticized by his wife when he gets home:

“And there’s no exaggeration. Did you see that guy honey? Did you see him? All you have to do is see him and you know why I answered the way I did. (She says) ‘That’s no excuse, you’re a grown man. Show some maturity.’ I said ‘I can’t, I can’t do it.”

 Ha. I can imagine Pops lumbering through the door after a long night and a big loss and having his old lady standing there, looking at him and just waiting to tear him a new one and criticize the coach for his boorish behavior.

Looks like, as far as being the big shot who can make people cower with a glare, the shoe is on the other foot for Pops on the home front, courtesy of a few choice words from the wife, wouldn’t you say?

On the other hand, maybe Pops just has to utter some few choice words of his own to help ease the tension and soften his wife’s criticism of him. “I want some nasty”, perhaps?

[Sports Radio Interviews]