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Gregg Popovich now resting himself by sitting out games, too


Gregg Popovich is renowned for sitting his veteran players during the regular season — much to the NBA’s chagrin. But now it appears he taken his own advice.

The head coach did not travel to California for the San Antonio Spurs’ exhibition opener with the Sacramento Kings, reports Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears. Assistant coach Ettore Messina evidently will run the show for the evening.

Also skipping out on the trip are Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Boris Diaw. But recent acquisition LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly will be making the trip.

It’s hardly surprising to learn that Popovich is pulling his veterans out of a meaningless exhibition game as coaches often don’t play experienced players much in the preseason anyway. But for a head coach not to attend a preseason game without seemingly any real reason is a novel concept. But leave it to Pop to be the one to do it.

It is often said that NBA championships aren’t won in November and December, so the same most definitely goes for early October before the regular season even has begun. It’s nevertheless amusing for Popovich to do it given his track record with similarly themed shenanigans.

But would Popovich ever try pulling such a stunt during the regular season? Doubtful. But no one should put it past him … if only to mess with the higher-ups at the NBA.