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Williams: “Pop taught me how to look at the  game.”

New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams had some great things to say about San Antonio Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich:

“Pop taught me how to look at the game,” Williams said. “He taught me to always keep learning, to look at other coaches, talk to guys overseas, to always be open to ideas. But more than anything, he’s about defense.

“Nate (McMillan) and Pop are a lot alike in that they don’t mess with the game. They both have great respect for how the game should be played and they don’t go for fluff. They both like to keep things simple.” (source nba.com)

Williams isn’t the only person in the NBA to give thanks to Popovich. From Sam Presti with the Oklahoma City Thunder, to new Hornets’ GM Dell Demps, many got their start with the Spurs.