When was the last time you saw Gregg Popovich admit he was wrong about something? Not recently, that’s for sure.
Popovich is one of the all-time greats when to comes to NBA coaches, and very rarely does he make mistakes with this craft, let alone admit to making one, but Gregg has done just that.
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) December 9, 2017
“We broke bread a few times, talked about it, laughed about it, discussed what we thought needed to happen, and frankly 95 percent of it fell on me because I made an error in trying to change him too much.
“That might sound odd, but he’d been in the league nine years and there’s one way he plays on the offensive end and feels comfortable with.
“I tried to turn him into Jack Sikma, told him I was going to teach you how to play on the elbow, go on the wing, face up. It was confusing for him. It really didn’t fit his style of play. I was guilty of over coaching in a sense.”
As you can see, Pop feels a little guilty over how Aldridge’s production fell a little flat when he first arrived in San Antonio, as he tried to transform LMA’s game into something he wasn’t used to or comfortable with.
This revelation comes after Aldridge’s stellar start to this season, where he has seemingly returned to his Portland form while Kawhi Leonard has been out nursing various injuries. Aldridge is averaging close to 23 points a game this year, five more than he did last season, and lit up the stat sheet against the Grizzlies back in November, dropping 41 points on 71% shooting.
With Leonard returning to the Spurs’ lineup, it’ll be interesting to see if LaMarcus can keep up his strong play.