“I don’t think I have ever been on a team where the coach told us to know something about your teammate,” said former Spur Robert Horry. “Know something about your teammate because if you do, he becomes a part of you. He becomes like family.”
Family. That’s the culture in San Antonio. To be closer than just teammates. Become connected with your comrades. Be attached to them, like brothers. That is the culture that Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich has developed in the Alamo City.
For the past few weeks I have been observing Coach Pop for a leadership class. The assignment was to watch an individual and see what kind of leadership qualities they possess, and then write a case study. Now, without getting too much into the moral conundrum of good and bad leaders, strictly from a basketball perspective, here are a view reasons why I selected to observe a coach from a small market franchise instead of anyone else in the world.
I chose Pop because of his resume - four-time NBA Champion, three times an All-Star Game Head coach, twice the Coach of the Year. All of that is impressive. But how about this one: 900 victories with the same team.