Gregg Popovich: NBA Champion, Basketball Genius, Grump Supreme

click to enlarge Don't make Pop angry. You won't like him when he's angry. - YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT
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Don't make Pop angry. You won't like him when he's angry.

Does any quote encapsulate why we love Gregg Popovich more than this one?

Pop's referring to the NBA's free agency period starting tonight at midnight eastern time. There's a time-honored tradition amongst NBA front offices to contact coveted free agents at 12:01 a.m. eastern to show how much they want them. But apparently Pop, much like the honey badger, don't care — he just takes what he wants.

This shouldn't come as a surprise, given Pop's well-documented proclivity for grumpiness. And we doubt it will be enough to scare away the Spurs' top free agent target: Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Popovich is a curmudgeon, but an endearing one.

Let's go to the tape for some of Pop's best moments of crankiness:

Hopefully, Aldridge or other top-tier free agents will soon bear the brunt of Pop's grumpy ire. The All-Star forward is scheduled to meet with Pop, Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker later in the day tomorrow, according to Yahoo Sports.

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