Popovich weighs in on dealing with 'problem players'

December 14, 2016

 

The San Antonio Spurs are known for their togetherness and unselfish attitudes.

Typically, coach Gregg Popovich does not take risks on players that do not fit the Spurs' mold. However, when asked about players with attitude problems, he gave an interesting answer.

 

"As long as he promised ahead of time not to throw a towel at me, I would do it," Popovich said. "I don't know if he's going to throw the towel or not. Nobody wants a headcase. You try your best to bring solid people into your program. If someone goes awry, you deal with it."

 

This stems from Bulls guard Rajon Rondo's suspension for throwing a towel at an assistant coach.

 

Let's not forget, Popovich has prior experience with "problem players" before. Most recently, Stephen Jackson in 2013.

 

Jackson was primarily used as a backup to Danny Green and Manu Ginobili that year, so his minutes fluctuated throughout the year. Apparently, this didn't sit well with Jackson and locker room instability started to brew.

 

Needless to say, the Spurs decided it be best to part with "Captain Jack" right before the start of the postseason.

 

If the Spurs ever gambled on a player with a "bad reputation", leave it to Popovich to get the best out of the situation.

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