The San Antonio Spurs suffered one of the most heart-wrenching defeats in NBA history when they let their lead over the Miami Heat in the last minute of Game 6 slip away. Usually stoic, head coach Gregg Popovich admits that it is something he struggles with daily. Chris Bosh's big offensive rebound which led to Ray Allen's corner three haunts Pop to this day.
However, he does not regret taking out Tim Duncan to put in perimeter defenders to stop the three. Moping around all summer, the Spurs Coach's daughter was tired of him feeling sorry for himself and eventually gave him a real-talk speech. She put his past successes in perspective with this one Finals appearance loss, and told him to get over himself.
Ironically, it was his daughter giving Popovich the kind of speech he gives his players that helped him to start moving on.
If strategy doesn't haunt him, everything else does. “I think about Game 6 every day,” Popovich said. “Without exception. I think about every play. I can see LeBron's first shot, and the rebound, and the second ...” [...]
His daughter, Jill, told him something similar this summer. With a personality she clearly gets from her father, she said: “OK, Dad, let me get this straight: You won four championships, and you go to a fifth Finals. Other coaches lose all the time. But poor Greggy can't lose because he's special. Can you please get over yourself? End of story.”
He stared at her — then started laughing. Hadn't his daughter told him the same get-over-yourself line he's told so many others? “That started me on the path to recovery,” he said.