Popovich Feuds With Reporter After Team USA Loss

Team USA men’s basketball coach Gregg Popovich got into a heated exchange with a reporter after the U.S. lost to Australia in a tune-up game ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

The U.S. lost its second straight exhibition game, first losing to Nigeria on Saturday and after leading at the half, and then getting beat by Australia on Monday.

Popovich seemed to be frustrated with some of the questioning from reporter Joe Vardon about the team’s performance, which suggested the team should be dominating its opponents, during the post-game press conference after the loss to Australia in an exhibition game in Las Vegas.

“When you make statements about in the past, just blowing out these other teams … No. 1 you give no respect to the other teams,” he said. “I talked to you last time about the same thing. We’ve had very close games against four or five countries in all these tournaments. So, the good teams do not get blown out.”

He continued: “There are certain games it might happen in one of the tournaments, world championships, and Olympics when somebody gets blown out but in general, nobody is blowing anybody out for the good teams. So, when you make a statement like that it’s like you assume that’s what’s going on and that’s incorrect.”

Team USA basketball will face Argentina at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN on Tuesday.

Written by Megan Turner

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  1. Popovich can’t coach. He is an egotistical a**hole who’s success in the NBA is tied directly to Hall of Fame players. Count the number of winning seasons and playoff teams with out them. Stupid decision to bring him back after losing in the World Championships with NBA talent. Kiss that Gold medal goodbye.

  2. This can’t be Greg Popovich. The GP we all know wouldn’t be getting paid millions more than his black counterparts, wouldn’t be living in a state with no income tax, wouldn’t deport an empowered black player to Canada for following his own path and certainly wouldn’t berate a member of the establishment media because Democracy dies in darkness….

    Not our Gregg, not our Gregg

  3. I hate to admit it, because I respect the guys playing for the Team, but with Popodick as Coach, I’m rooting against us.
    He’s always been a dick to the media, monster know it all ego.
    I’ll always remember when he was GM of the Spurs while Tim Duncan was injured for a prolonged time. The team had a losing record, but THE DAY that Tim Duncan came back, Popovich fired the Coach and took over as head coach. Of course the team dramatically improved with Duncan’s presence and Popovich takes credit for the ‘turnaround.’

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