Greg Popovich often spends his timeout's saying nothing to his San Antonio Spurs team and lets them work it out between themselves.
Popovich is known around the league as a sarcastic, difficult man to interview, often using media questions to his own amusement.
He believes the in-game interview to be a pointless act that he is obliged to fulfil and will often use the questions that lack creativity to enrage reporters.
His apparent vacuity seems to be used to his team during timeouts, Popovich was recently asked how he got his Spurs team to take ownership of their offense.
This was how he responded: "Sometimes in timeouts I’ll say, ‘I’ve got nothing for you. What do you want me to do? We just turned it over six times. Everybody’s holding the ball. What else do you want me to do here? Figure it out.’ And I’ll get up and walk away. Because it’s true. There’s nothing else I can do for them."
Popovich also speaks of the type of personality his Spurs represent: "I think that communication thing really helps them. It engenders a feeling that they can actually be in charge. I think competitive character people don’t want to be manipulated constantly to do what one individual wants them to do. It’s a great feeling when players get together and do things as a group."
Its interesting to see that one of the greatest coaches in league history admits that quite a lot of the time there's nothing he can do, he just has to let his players figure it out for themselves.
Although when you have players like Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker on your roster, it isn't a difficult decision to let them sort things out as a group.