As the NBA went into a media frenzy last week because of the Chris Paul trade and Dwight Howard rumors, one coach in the NBA continues to stay focused only on his team and not get caught up in the NBA rumor mill.
That coach is San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich who is staying focused on his current Spurs and keeping out of all of the trade rumors.
"I can only handle the Spurs. It's tough enough for me as I get older. I'm going to remember everybody's names this year. That's my goal," Popovich said jokingly.
"I don't really want to get involved in the middle of the brouhaha," Popovich said. "Since I don't control it and can do only what I do here, I do my best to not worry about it or think about it. Even if I didn't like it, I couldn't fix it.
"We have a certain way we've got to do things based on finances and our philosophy. That's how I spend my time. I'll think more about making my practice plan for tomorrow than I will the recent trades."
Part of making a plan for the season, will be monitoring his players minutes. Especially his older players like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. Popovich remembers how the teams fate ended last season because of a late injury to Ginobili, he made a reference to the risk of injuries this season with "Pop" humor.
"For us, that means starting a little less aggressively because I'm paranoid about an early injury," Popovich said.
"So I'm thinking about maybe whacking Manu the first week. Life's always fair, right? Then he won't get injured again the rest of the year," Popovich said.
Antonio Mcdyess has retired> What now? Samuel Dalembert is available but, can the spurs afford him? Release some of the shooting guards and small forwards. Else, make do with crumbs - d-league players or ask TD, TP and Manu of receive smaller amounts to pay Dalembert.
Don't worry yourself with Mcdyess, there are bigy guys out there; younger, bigger, and more aggressive than him.
I'm wondering about McDyess because he still hasn't made a decision yet. His contract could be useful in a trade to help get a young big that you keep rambling on about.
Antonio Mcdyess has retired. What now? Dalembert is available, but can the spurs afford him? Let go of some of the shooting guards and small forwards or make do with the crumbs - d-league players or ask TD, TP and Manu of receive lesser to pay Dalembert.
Coach Pop should realize that he has an aging lineup. It has been years since a pf/c is signed. True, TD is good but he can only so much. He must have a reliever or bigger lineup. The d-league players are supposed to do this. Hassell, Lawal and Zeller are big and can be good relievers. How could they be absorb when the lineup is full of shooting guards and small fprwards? The interior has long been neglected. Basketball is a game where height is might. If the spurs does not plan to get from the free agency, he has to make do with d-league players. They are cheap, coach Pop has to be patient. They will learn. Or, wait for the next draft and sign a big man.