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Gregg Popovich to Lamarcus Aldridge: "Hey, shoot the ball!"

Pop wants his new superstar to "forget [his] deferring crap and just go play."

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Kilgore recently wrote a beautiful, insightful piece about how LaMarcus Aldridge has fit into the Spurs' "balletic motion system" so far.

The whole article is worth a read but I primarily wanted to bring out this quote, from the man himself, Gregg Popovich.

"If anything, he's deferred too much," Popovich said. "He's had open shots and hasn't taken them. He's probably done the right thing, for a good-character guy. He wants to fit in. He's deferred to other players. He's moved the ball when probably he should have shot it.

"So now I'm going to him and saying, ‘No, no, no, no, no. You make Popovich come to you and say, hey, LaMarcus, that's a bad shot. I don't want to come to you and say, Hey, shoot the ball. Forget your deferring crap and just go play. I'll tell you when it's too much.' "

(h/t Washington Post)