The Wrap-Up: Popovich says White, Johnson and Weatherspoon Will Miss Coaching Camp Resulting from Accidents – Challenge Spurs


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With NBA coaching camps opening this week, San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich opened media week by talking to the media Tuesday. Listed here are some matters we’ll deal with within the Wrap-Up for Tuesday primarily based on Popovich’s interview:

  • White, Johnson, and Weatherspoon to Miss Coaching Camp
  • Spurs to Proceed Quicker Tempo Method
  • Poeltl to get extra Alternatives on Offense

White, Johnson, and Weatherspoon to Miss Coaching Camp

Popovich opened the media session by answering questions in regards to the well being of the gamers going into camp. He stated no participant has examined optimistic for Covid-19, however he did say Derrick White (left second toe), Keldon Johnson (foot), and Quinndary Weatherspoon (left knee) are all sidelined to begin coaching camp with “bumps and bruises.”

When requested later if the three gamers will solely miss coaching camp, Popovich stated the accidents might power the gamers to overlook the beginning of the preseason and probably even the season opener in late December.

“Each,” stated Popovich of the three gamers lacking the preseason video games, “they’re not going to begin coaching camp. I don’t assume they’re going to be prepared for the primary video games.”

White and Johnson have been key members of the Spurs’ rotation through the bubble in Orlando. With each gamers and Weatherspoon out, the Spurs can have the next gamers out there for coaching camp and the preseason.

Ball handlers: Dejounte Murray, DeMar DeRozan, Patty Mills, Tre Jones

Secondary ball handlers: Lonnie Walker IV, Devin Vassell, Cam Reynolds

Flooring Spacing Bigs: LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Homosexual, Trey Lyles, Luka Samanic, Keita Bates-Diop

Bigs close to the rim: Jakob Poeltl, Drew Eubanks, Tyler Zeller

As written within the Sunday Wrap-Up, there’s going to be some powerful selections for the teaching employees to make to start the season with the 10-man rotation since Aldridge and Lyles are getting added to the lineup once more now that they’re wholesome.

A beginning 5 now for the preseason opener would possibly seem like: Murray, Walker IV, DeRozan, Lyles, Aldridge

A second unit might seem like: Mills, Vassell, Samanic, Homosexual, Poeltl

No matter lineups the workforce decides to go together with whereas White and Johnson are out, new changes will probably be wanted as soon as they get wholesome, as a result of the 2 of them are key gamers within the 10-man rotation.

Spurs to Proceed Quicker Tempo Method

Popovich was requested if the Spurs will proceed their quick paced method with small ball models like they utilized in Orlando, and he stated they might, even with the additions of Aldridge and Lyles.

“The technique, the philosophy, the way in which we play goes to remain the identical and all people’s going to have to regulate to that, as a result of the fellows did an important job, they loved it. We modified our method so far as follow was involved, how we needed to show. The younger gamers actually took time to know what we have been doing. Individuals like DeMar and Rudy have been nice in mentoring these guys and really ended up altering among the methods they’ve performed over time tempo clever – making protection extra of a precedence – they purchased in. They actually loved the younger guys and melded along with them so these two guys I used to be actually pleased with as a result of they turned leaders in that sense. So the expansion that occurred there in some methods was surprising, however it occurred. We’re simply going to go ahead from what we did there and I believe that LA (Aldridge) can have no drawback adjusting to how we play, as a result of he needs to win. We wish to get again within the playoffs and he’s dedicated to taking one other big step so far as extra of a 3 level shooter, which is critical on this league for fulfillment everyone knows. He took an enormous step final 12 months, he’s taking a fair larger step this 12 months. His exercises all summer time lengthy and into the autumn have centered round that and he’s purchased into that and is aware of how a lot that may assist us. So I’m excited for the entire group to return collectively.”

When requested about how the veteran gamers will modify to the change, Popovich stated the technique final season simply didn’t work on the finish of the day.

“The underside line in all frankness is I don’t keep in mind profitable a championship final 12 months,” stated Popovich. “I don’t keep in mind being within the playoffs, so it’s time to make a change, play a special means – demand it, and transfer ahead.”

If the workforce does certainly proceed with the sooner tempo type, count on to see extra lineups with one huge and 4 wings just like the workforce utilized in Orlando.

Poeltl to get extra Alternatives on Offense

Popovich stated whereas the Spurs are glad to have Poeltl re-signed and again with the workforce, in addition to all the abilities he does properly – guards the rim, units good screens, makes the proper selections, stays inside his position – Popovich needs to see Poeltl do extra on offense.

“He’s bought to be a menace,” stated Popovich of Poeltl. “He was a former Pac-10 participant of the 12 months.”

Popovich says whereas Poeltl received’t be shifting into a 3 level shooter, he does need him to change into extra aggressive in scoring the ball.

In his closing season at Utah in school, Poeltl averaged 17.2 factors per sport. Popovich stated he doesn’t know why Poeltl has change into extra timid in not being a scoring menace on offense, however he needs to see Poeltl change into extra of a power in scoring the ball going ahead.



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