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Gregg Popovich’s ‘street cred’ talk a dig at Blake Griffin?


Gregg Popovich is growing weary of countering the longstanding notion that the San Antonio Spurs play a boring brand of basketball and that the team lacks personality.

To remedy this long-held belief, Popovich appeared to take a shot at the Blake Griffin fiasco currently plaguing the Los Angeles Clippers. Griffin of course is out four-to-six weeks with a broken hand suffered when he punched Clippers assistant equipment manager Matias Testi during an argument.

Speaking before the Spurs bounced back from Monday’s 120-90 blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors by throttling the Houston Rockets in a 130-99 victory Wednesday, the always cantankerous coach suggested that the Spurs need to get into some bar fights to establish some “street cred.”

”I’m a little tired of that,” he said with a grin. ”I’m looking for some people who are going to start asking people to go to some bars and do some stuff. I think a little ‘street cred’ would help us. We are a little boring, so I agree with them all. It’s true.”

Popovich wasn’t done cracking wise and using the Griffin situation as comedic fodder to sarcastically implore his players to get into more trouble off the court.

”A little fight here and there, you know, why not,” he said.

This is the second time this week that Popovich has utilized his dry sense of humor to seemingly take a shot at another NBA team over their organizational foibles. The Spurs coach made light of the Spurs’ 30-point loss to the Warriors to criticize how the Cleveland Cavaliers cut loose David Blatt, saying, “I’m just glad my general manager wasn’t in the locker room because it might have gotten me fired.”

In other words, the quotes coming from the veteran Spurs coach simply are examples of Pop being Pop.