San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich spoke to the media Saturday morning for the last time this season. The Spurs are still recovering from a depressing loss in the NBA Finals where the Miami Heat on the brink of defeat came back to win Game 6 and eventually Game 7 for the NBA Championship.
“I don’t really want to do a soliloquy, but the elephant in the room is that we’re all hurting because we had an opportunity to win a championship right in the palm of our hand, and it didn’t happen,” Popovich said, via KENS5.com. “So that hurts. It will dissipate over time, but right now it hurts everyone to varying degrees. It’s quite understandable.”
“But, intellectually, we also know that it was an amazing season, something to be really proud of these guys for. What they accomplished is something nobody expected, something that they can carry with them for a very long time and feel very satisfied about their effort and what they did as a team.”
Gregg Popovich praised the Spurs for the way the rebounded after a disappointing loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 Western Conference Finals.
“They stuck together as a group and really set a great example in a lot of different ways,” Popovich said of his players. “I couldn’t be more proud of them. It began in training camp when we committed to playing better defense and wanting to be the best team we could possibly be. And we did that. So it was a great year in a lot of ways.”
Popovich and Spurs will be hoping the team can rebound one more time and make a run at that 5th NBA Championship and a 6th Finals appearance in 2014.