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Brett Brown opens up about Gregg Popovich and his time with the Spurs

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Brown spent 12 years with the San Antonio Spurs and was part of the organization for four championships, many as the director of player development, and was an assistant coach for the team when they won a championship in 2007. In a great episode of The Vertical Podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski he opens up about Pop, the Spurs program and philosophy, playing for Rick Pitino at Boston University and the challenge of coaching the Sixers.

If you're a fan of the history of the Spurs you have to check out this fascinating interview with Brett Brown, you will not be disappointed. Here's a little excerpt from Brown:

[Pop's] one of those people that when we do find each other, you hang up or you leave a personal meeting, that you feel a little smarter, a little better. There's a human side to Pop that people don't understand, only because they haven't experienced intimate settings with him. I've been with him in game sevens, when we've won it, when people have passed away, I've been with him all over the place. He is the king of understanding relationships. And because conversations are real, and hard truths are told to all of us that the respect level and the appreciation for him, for me, is just off the charts. He's a friend of mine, he has been maybe the greatest influence outside of my father that I've had. We all know him because he wins championships, but I know him a little bit differently. He's someone that I will often still reach out to.

The whole interview is really, really interesting, but if you're short on time, around the 30 minute mark is where the story turns to Brett's time with the Spurs. Follow the link below to check it out. Enjoy!

The Vertical Podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski -- Brett Brown interview