Gregg Popovich is the master of making sure his aging stars are ready for postseason play. Often, that involves sitting them on the tail end of back-to-backs, or by limiting their minutes overall.
Last night, Manu Ginobili was not supposed to play, but somehow convinced the Spurs' assistant coaches to let him.
From the NY Post:
After Ginobili played Sunday, Popovich was intent on sitting him against the Knicks. Here's their conversation.
"Today's a back-to-back and you're not going to play."
"Pop, I have to play."
"No, remember we talked about it?"
"No, I don't remember exactly."
So Popovich said he sent the veteran to discuss the matter with his six assistant coaches.
"The meeting's over and he's playing tonight. So we have a bunch of cowards for assistants and Manu runs the program," Popovich said. "But I am in charge of minutes."
Ginobili played 17 minutes and scored seven points.
And from Spurs beat writer Jeff McDonald:
Pop's conclusion: "I've got a bunch of cowards for assistant coaches."— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) November 2, 2015
Love you Pop. Never change.