LaMarcus Aldridge says meetings with Gregg Popovich went like coach’s in-game interviews
Gregg Popovich really wanted LaMarcus Aldridge on the Spurs — he flew back out to Los Angeles for a second interview, a lunch with the big man. I’d say “he never does that,” but he obviously will for the right big man. It worked, Aldridge signed with the Spurs.
So what was it like to sit and talk with Popovich?
Aldridge on his meetings with Pop: "You know those interviews on TNT? It was kind of like that with more words."— Dan McCarney (@danmccarneyNBA) July 10, 2015
Popovich is who he is. There are moments, days when he feels more like opening up, or gets on thoughtful discussions of his interests outside basketball (wine the best known among them), but he’s not Doc Rivers.
Stein also asked Aldridge about leaving Portland and his comments last year that he wanted to be the “best Blazer ever.” Aldridge said that was not some PR line (hat tip to Blazersedge for the transcription).
It sounds like Aldridge had an idea he was moving on for a while, even while saying all the right things about the Blazers.