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Gregg Popovich states the obvious on media day by saying no one should bet Spurs to win NBA title

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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich sends words to the wise on media day.

“Maybe I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll say it anyway. What the hell,” Popovich said Monday at the unofficial start of NBA training camp.

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He leaned closer to the microphone to make sure his point was heard correctly.

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“No one here should go to Vegas with the idea of ​​betting that we will win the championship,” he said. “And I know that someone will say: “God, what a depressing Debbie. There is a chance. What if they work really hard?” It probably won’t happen.”

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The Spurs are the latest favorite to win the NBA Finals at Bet MGM. They are listed in +50000 along with seven other teams. They have +2500 to win in the West and are once again tied for last place. And they sit alone at +2500 to win the Southwest Division.

The payout can be huge for any of the best, but it’s a long way to go. The Spurs finished the season 34–48 (.415) and swept the Los Angeles Lakers for the 10th and final playoff spot in the West. They lost in the play-in tournament.

There were no bright additions to free agency. Instead, the Spurs are clearly rebuilding and focused on developing young talent so they can compete. This is unlikely to happen within a single off-season. Popovic said it was “not important” to win all of this right now.

“Honestly, I could[n’t] I don’t care, Popovich said. “You all know what worries me. So I won’t bore you to death. But the bottom line is to develop this group and give them the best opportunity for a long career in the NBA and enjoy it. And those who come after me will have the opportunity to take them to the next level. So for now the work is really [to] start them right, like a newborn. Give this baby all the nutrients it needs to develop properly in the best possible environment. That is our goal. Everything else will take care of itself. Whatever success we have, it will come from that.”

If we drop that metaphor, the down season could mean another baby in the Spurs’ cradle. Finishing last, the Vegas books predict, will mean more chances of winning the lottery and adding the No. 1 pick to your environment. This is a good goal.

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Gregg Popovich reiterates that the San Antonio Spurs will not be good this season. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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