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PostSubject: On Pop and Jerry Sloan   Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:12 pm

Saw this quote from Popovic and thought it was very interesting, he's talking about Tim Duncan here...

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“He’s a mentally unique individual in that he’s able to sustain the year-round workout regimen, both physically and (diet) wise,” Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News. “He has an unbelievable feeling of responsibility for his place in the program and wants to sustain that performance that he brings night after night. When he doesn’t think he can, he’ll stop. It might be in the middle of a game. I can see him walking off the court saying, ‘Nah, I’m not pulling my weight anymore. I’m gone.’ And he’ll walk. And I’ll be right behind him, like this. No pride, no nothing.”

It made me think of Jerry Sloan, and how he walked away like that. I never really could relate with the folks blaming D-Will for that, I think that is insulting to Sloan. He left the same way he coached, on his own terms, and I truly believe he just got to the point where he felt like he was tired, and he didn't have the energy or the will to give the team what he felt like they needed and deserved, and as soon as he realized that he walked. And there was Phil Johnson, right behind him. "No pride, no nothing."
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PostSubject: Re: On Pop and Jerry Sloan   Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:30 pm

TheMagnus wrote:
Saw this quote from Popovic and thought it was very interesting, he's talking about Tim Duncan here...

Greg Popovic wrote:

“He’s a mentally unique individual in that he’s able to sustain the year-round workout regimen, both physically and (diet) wise,” Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News. “He has an unbelievable feeling of responsibility for his place in the program and wants to sustain that performance that he brings night after night. When he doesn’t think he can, he’ll stop. It might be in the middle of a game. I can see him walking off the court saying, ‘Nah, I’m not pulling my weight anymore. I’m gone.’ And he’ll walk. And I’ll be right behind him, like this. No pride, no nothing.”

It made me think of Jerry Sloan, and how he walked away like that. I never really could relate with the folks blaming D-Will for that, I think that is insulting to Sloan. He left the same way he coached, on his own terms, and I truly believe he just got to the point where he felt like he was tired, and he didn't have the energy or the will to give the team what he felt like they needed and deserved, and as soon as he realized that he walked. And there was Phil Johnson, right behind him. "No pride, no nothing."

Seems like a reasonable way to look at it, although it is interesting that Sloan kind of keeps his name in the hat for a possible return to the NBA.

And as far as taking care of oneself and diet and so forth, this seems like a good place to give another obligatory shout out to our own Stockton and Malone for playing at a high level in the NBA for so many years.
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