As head of the San Antonio Spurs for the majority of the past two decades, Gregg Popovich has been tasked with masterminding his way past some truly taxing opponents in that time.
The 67-year-old will have spent countless hours pouring over tapes of the early '00s Lakers, Miami's 'Big Three' and, more recently, the KD-Westbrook led Thunder as he looked to mastermind the next Spurs title run.
None, though, has taken up as much of Popovich's time as the current Golden State Warriors roster.
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"I’ve spent more time thinking about Golden State than I have any other team I’ve ever thought about in my whole career,” explained the veteran coach, via ESPN Radio this week.
“They are really fun. I’d go buy a ticket and go watch them play. And when I see them move the ball, I get very envious. When I see them shoot uncontested shots more than anybody else in the league, it’s inspiring. It’s just great basketball.
“So I’m actually enjoying them very much. You try to solve them, but they’re in a sense unsolvable because it’s a particular mix of talent that they have," he continued.
High praise indeed from Popovich for his Western Conference rivals and few NBA fans would disagree with his assessment of what could prove to be a record-breaking Warriors roster.
If, though, Pop is to lead his Spurs team to a sixth NBA title under his tenure, he will likely have to find a way to beat them.
He failed to find the answers on January 30 when Golden State put 30 points past San Antonio in a statement win.
With the two teams set to meet on two more occasions during the regular-season, you know Popovich will be spending many more hours contemplating his game plan in the weeks to come.