NBA free agency opens on July 1, and many teams plan to waste no time in meeting with prospective targets.
The San Antonio Spurs are one of the teams trying to lure Aldridge, one of the top free agents available, away from Portland. According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo, Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker are all going to meet with Aldridge on Wednesday. But it will not be in the middle of the night.
The Express News’ Buck Harvey asked Popovich if he would make a midnight pitch to Aldridge, and Popovich replied with a classic Popovich quote:
“I’m not calling anyone at midnight. I’ll be in bed. And if that’s the difference in someone coming or not coming, then I don’t want them.”
Grumpy, concise, perceptive, and completely accurate. This is peak Popovich.
In recent years NBA teams have made increasingly grand gestures to try and convince free agents to sign with them. The Knicks flew Steve Nash around in a helicopter. The Rockets made a billboard with Carmelo Anthony photoshopped into a Houston jersey. The Clippers reportedly plan to show DeAndre Jordan a hype video of himself.
None of those things really matter. If Aldridge ends up in San Antonio it will be because he’s convinced by what Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich have to say, not because of symbolic acts.
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