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Should Pop Have Been Team USA Coach?

By Daniel Strickland on August 11, 2006.

MSNBC Contributor Sam Smith weighs in on the great job that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is doing with Team USA, and includes some funny remarks about our favorite NBA coach.

I probably would have gone with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. He served his apprenticeship well. Not because the U.S. team won a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics when he was an assistant. But can you imagine how many balconies he had to check every night to make sure Larry Brown wasn’t going to jump off one?

The Spurs have been the best in the NBA at scouting international talent; Popovich worked in the military overseas after graduating from the Air Force Academy; and when I was in Vegas I saw a show headlined by a Gregg Popovich who did some phenomenal juggling and trained house cats. I’m not certain, but they could have been the same man. Anyway, the NBA Gregg Popovich is also a heck of a coach and well respected.

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