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Gregg Popovich steals Stephen Jackson’s headband because Pop is prankster (video)

Following the San Antonio Spurs’ 115-92 beatdown at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday at Staples Center, Gregg Popovich, the team’s typically cantankerous, grumpy, curmudgeonly head coach, showed off his humorous side when he sneakily stole the headband right off of the head of Clippers veteran Stephen Jackson.

Of course, Jackson and Popovich have known one another for years as Jackson spent two stints with the San Antonio Spurs during Pop’s tenure, the first being the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons and once again later in his career, spending a portion of the 2011-12 season after he was traded from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Golden State Warriors and then shipped to the Spurs a few days later. He then played 55 games last season under Popovich’s tutelage and obviously, the two are tight.

What a cad, that Popovich guy. As long as a person isn’t a member of the hated media, there’s a good chance they are alright in his book.

And yet, it remains somewhat surprising that Pop was in such high spirits following a loss. Wait, what am I talking about? Popovich knows as well as anyone that the NBA regular season is meaningless. That’s why he routinely rests his veterans — namely Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker — for no reason other than to give them a break, much to the chagrin of David Stern and the rest of the NBA brass. Pop realizes all a team has to do is punch its ticket for the postseason over the 82-game grind and rest, including regular season victories, is gravy.

[H/T Eye on Basketball]