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Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Wall Street Journal: Draft Gregg Popovich for President

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 12:47 PM

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As 2016 presidential candidates drop like flies, perhaps the person best suited for the job is quite close to home.

No, not either of the Castro twins. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. 

That's a notion that Jason Gay, a sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, suggests in a column published on Monday, February 10. But drafting Gregg Popovich for president of the United States could be both embraced and an anathema to Spurs fans.

Silver and black devotees might support the idea because they know Pop. His no bullshit basketball genius has brought five titles to town, and bringing a similar approach to politics would shore up the clown college that is the current presidential field.

On the other hand, the day Pop retires from coaching the Spurs will surely be a citywide day of mourning. It's almost impossible to imagine another coach prowling the sidelines like Pop does, barking at referees, shutting down sideline reporters and generally coaching his ass off. It is to be delayed as long as possible. 

But Gay, despite having his tongue firmly planted in his cheek while writing this column, makes some salient points about how Popovich's style would translate to positive policy. They include:

-The Spurs' proclivity for forward-thinking and exhaustive preparation, exemplified by giving bringing in Boban Marjanovic and Becky Hammon, and adopting advanced analytics early on.

-Pop's ability to seamlessly integrate players into a style of play that suits the strengths of his team, but is always built upon unselfishness.

-And of course, Popovich's demeanor itself. Here's how Gay describes it:

At the center of it all is Popovich, the East Chicago, Indiana-raised child of a Croatian mother and Serbian father who attended the Air Force Academy, became one of the greatest coaches in basketball history and usually exudes the attitude of a dad on the front porch at prom night.

You do not mess with Pop.

He does not play around. He does not seek acclaim. He does not suffer fools. Popovich is perhaps best known for his clipped in-game interviews, in which he offers all the detail and candor of a fisherman asked to reveal where his secret spot is.

Of course, this won't happen. Popovich is not going to run for president this year or any year (he's probably too smart to want to put himself through that, honestly). But, if only for a few minutes, it's pretty nice to imagine a country guided by the Popovich Doctrine.

Read the full column here.

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