Former Cavs GM Griffin: Popovich is the unicorn off the court
Former Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin was a guest on ESPN’s The Jump and while on the program,he had a unique way to describe San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich.
While the panel was speaking on what is going on with Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers, Griffin was asked what is it that San Antonio does that makes them then so outstanding.
Immediately, Griffin singled out Pop and called him the "unicorn off the court."
“I think Pop is a really unique thing. If Porzingis is the unicorn on the court, then Pop is the unicorn off the court.”
“This is a guy who’s number one piece is leadership and what he’s done is raise a family there and it is really what we were trying to emulate to a huge degree as well.”
He continued on talking about how being a head coach is difficult in today’s game as well as running a front office and circled back to Pop and the recently retired Tim Duncan.
“What San Antonio has done since their best player was Tim Duncan and allowed for them to do the things that needed to happen Pop was able to be Pop.”
“In a world without Tim Duncan in a world where the best player doesn’t allow for that I don’t think you ever get that.”
Considering the drama we have seen from various teams from the Cavs, Knicks, etc. this offseason, it just doesn't get any better for the Spurs with Pop and Co. laying out a winning culture that has been often imitated but never duplicated.