Coaches of professional sports teams are getting more and more brazen by the day. I’m not sure if it’s the big money contracts or what, but some of these coaches will learn.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was furious and received a technical foul after he watched Rockets head coach Kevin McHale twice try to interfere with the Spurs inbounds pass, by standing his 6-foot-11 frame directly in front of Tim Duncan who was trying to make a three quarter court pass with time expiring in the first half.
Popovich as only he can, cursed McHale out.
OHHH SNAP RT @ThaNardDawg: Popovich just walked up to McHale at halfcourt and chewed him out. Crowd that saw it went nuts.
— Pounding the Rock (@poundingtherock) December 1, 2013
From the San Antonio Express-News:
Neither Popovich nor Duncan would comment on Kevin McHale’s bit of bush-league gamesmanship near the end of the first half, when he walked in front of Duncan and stood to his right as the future Hall of Famer was attempting to inbound the ball from three quarters court with less than five seconds left. Duncan got the ball in cleanly, after which the Spurs missed a pair of rushed shots. But Popovich was enraged, not only earning a technical foul on the spot but coming back to bark at McHale during warmups for the second half.
An NBA observer told the Express-News’ Mike Monroe that McHale was within his right to stand where he did as he was still within the coach’s box. McHale, however, said he “probably should have gone and sat my big ass on the chair.”