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Continued: Five questions about the NBA Finals

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 6, 2013 - 12:04 PM

 

Q So why does network TV still bother with those Popovich sideline interviews?

AMaybe making TNT, ESPN or ABC sideline reporters anxious and uncomfortable is just sport to him, but it’s obvious the Spurs coach doesn’t think he — or his brethren — should be asked to do television interviews during games and everything about his body language and terse answers say so.

So why continue with something so predictably painfully and uninformative?

ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, who might next season again be answering those sideline questions in Brooklyn or Los Angeles, suggests it might be more productive to interview the head referee or some common fan.

“I think it would just as interesting interviewing a random fan because they [the coaches] are just not into it,” Van Gundy said. “It’s almost become funny how short Gregg is. … They’re trying to get to their timeout huddle to do what their job is.”

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