I suppose this should really go under fanshots but, I'm not sure anyone really looks at them and I think this is worth the extra exposure. This is a great profile on Gregg Popovich mostly told through people from his past and present written by Jack McCallum. I especially enjoyed the bits about his time in Pomona and how the intellectual environment in that small college has shaped him.
It's even better read after the disheartening loss Wednesday night. Let's put everything in broader perspective. We root for a team that has been privy to arguably the most celebrated coach of this generation, next to Phil Jackson. Spurs have been pegged as a "boring team" for years (an unfair description for present day incarnation, imho) but, they are incontrovertibly the most culturally interesting, unique, and intellectually vibrant team in the NBA. And I think that includes the fanbase based on my experience on PtR this year. These may sound like characteristics that have little bearing on the enjoyment of basketball as a spectator, but at least for me those are some of the very things that have attracted me to the Spurs in the first place, as someone that has never even set foot in San Antonio. There's really no other team in the NBA that is run like the Spurs.