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Gregg Popovich laughs off Phil Jackson's dynasty diss

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich questions

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich questions a call during the first half of an NBA game against the Brooklyn Nets, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in San Antonio. Photo Credit: AP / Eric Gay

Phil Jackson doesn't think the Spurs are a dynasty. Gregg Popovich, your thoughts?

"Oooh, that makes me so mad!" he said before the Spurs played the Nets Wednesday night.

But, Pop said it very sarcastically.

Shortly after Jackson was named Knicks president, he was discussing Carmelo Anthony's impending free agency and mentioned how Tim Duncan took less money to give the Spurs financial flexibility. Jackson went on to say that he didn't consider the Spurs to be a dynasty despite having won four championships -- now five after adding another in June -- since 1999.

"Tim Duncan making the salary he's making after being part of a dynasty -- not a dynasty, I wouldn't call San Antonio a dynasty -- a force, a great force," Jackson said in April. "They haven't been able to win consecutive championships, but they've always been there."

Jackson, who while with the Lakers eliminated the Spurs in the playoffs four times, repeated and three-peated multiple times as coach, en route to winning 11 rings.

But Pop, never shy with his words, wouldn't take the bait and get into a war of words with a fellow coaching legend.

"Just write whatever you want and I'll say I said it," Popovich joked. "Make it good though so you can get a promotion. Juicy. Ugly. Really good."

When asked about San Antonio's ability to maintain its success, Nets coach Lionel Hollins called Popovich, a three-time Coach of the Year who is now in his 19th season with the Spurs, one of his favorite coaches.

"Pop doesn't get as much credit as he deserves for sustaining the culture," Hollins said.

Hollins used a Popovich coaching method Wednesday night, albeit one that often annoys fans, television networks and advertisers. To limit minutes, he rested Kevin Garnett for the game.

Popovich was asked for his thoughts on coaches around the league stealing some of his strategies.

"I can't control what other teams do," he said. "I just do what I think is best for our guys and what would help us."

But it probably makes him so mad.


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