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Gregg Popovich explains his philosophy on film study



Those who know me know I'm completely in the tank for Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs. While I'd be willing to discuss the merits of The World's Greatest Living Coach some other time, I thought this short burst would be enough for now.

Ahead of yesterdays' 108-87 win over the Los Angeles Clippers (the Spurs' 42nd straight regular season home victory, but who's counting?), Popovich explained how he spends less time than most NBA coaches on shootarounds -- basketball's answer to the walk-through -- and instead uses that time for film study. But even that film study is concise and to the point.

I'll let him explain:

“With us, film is short and directed – very specific on certain items,” he said. “You can’t do a coaching clinic every time you do a film session or you lose them all. But if something is directed, like pick-and-roll defense, transition defense or how the ball was shared or not shared and you get after it and do it, it makes sense to most players.

“That’s our way.”

While the specifics do not translate, but the general idea does.