The brilliant reason why Gregg Popovich asks his players such weird questions

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Gregg Popovich is an incredibly knowledgeable man. Not just in basketball, but on the topic of the world as a whole.

Last week he gave perfect response to the question of social injustice in America and said he encourages all of his players to engage in aspects of the world outside of basketball to enrich their lives on and off the court.

A brilliant Wall Street Journal story by Ben Cohen shed some more light onto the thought process of one of the greatest coaches in NBA history and explained why he asks his staff such random questions.

Those questions include "Who were the explorers pushing west in early America? What is the fourth holy city of Islam? And where is one in danger of being attacked by wombats?"

According to Cohen, "Popovich says there's a simple reason he wants his players to be engaged citizens: It makes for a fuller life. He believes there are basketball advantages, too. He thinks it makes them want to play with and for each other.

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"'I think it's sad if a person's whole self-image and self-worth is based in their job,' he said. 'Whether you're a basketball player, a plumber, a doctor, a mailman or whatever you might be, why not try your best to live a more interesting life that includes other people, other cultures and different worlds?'"

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