Only a few months removed from the NBA Finals, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich returned to the scene of his greatest disappointment on Saturday and said nothing in his career could really compare to how San Antonio let the Finals slip away in June.
“I think about it every day,” Popovich said.
Customary to how the Spurs prepare for every season, Popovich said he and his assistant coaches delved into their team’s final games of the previous season in September with two marathon film sessions and then reviewed the games with players. The yearly exercise, Popovich said, is to help his team put everything in the past and look forward, but the legendary coach admitted it’s tough this time.
Popovich said he dreams about LeBron James and Ray Allen hitting their clutch shots in Game 6.
“Those sorts of events do a little bit of everything to a person,” Popovich said. “But, as I said, it still goes through my head every day. The other night I dreamt about LeBron. The next day it might be Ray Allen hitting the shot in the corner.
“It might be us missing a free throw; not getting a rebound. All those things go through your head. It’s what we do for a living, so it’s a natural kind of thing. It’s not the most important thing in my life, but it goes through my head.”