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Gregg Popovich says no one should bet on the Spurs to win the championship: ‘It’s probably not gonna happen’

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Monday was the NBA’s annual Media Day, as most teams, with the exception of a few that held their events early due to preseason trips overseas, met with reporters, took team photos and filmed promotional videos ahead of training camp and the new season. season.

For the most part, this is a day of excitement and optimism. But always original, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich showed a different tact, crushing the team’s championship hopes on the first day.

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“Maybe I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll say it anyway, what the hell? No one here should go to Vegas with the idea of ​​betting on us winning the championship. downer, what if they work really hard? It probably won’t happen.”

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Popovich is right, of course, but it’s rare to hear a coach say that his team will stink, even if it’s true. Over the past year, the Spurs struck a deal to let DeMar DeRozan join the Chicago Bulls, send Derrick White to the Boston Celtics by last season’s deadline, and move DeJonte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks this offseason.

They haven’t made the playoffs since 2019 and that long drought is sure to continue this season. Heading into boot camp, there are more teenagers (four) on the list than 30-year-olds (two). The organization is in full overhaul mode and is clearly targeting French prodigy Victor Vembanyama, a prospective first pick next year.

But, if you’re curious or maybe you’re inclined to take an extremely risky bet despite Popovich’s warning, Caesars bookmaker is giving Spurs +100,000 to win the title.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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