Shortly after Phil 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 San Antonio Spurs more financial flexibility. Jackson went on to say that he didn't consider the Spurs to be a true dynasty despite having won four championships — now five after adding another in June — since 1999.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had remained pretty quiet about his longtime rival's subtle diss until it was mentioned Wednesday night before his team played the Nets in Brooklyn.
When reminded about Jackson's claim, the normally humorless Popovich came through with a response dripping with sarcasm.
“Ooh, that makes me mad,” Popovich said with a scrunched face — drawing laughs from the assembled media.
“Just write whatever you want, and I’ll say I said it. Make it good, though, so you get a promotion. Juicy, ugly, and I’ll say, ‘Yeah, I said it and I’m really sorry.’ … Have fun with it.”
Later, Pop asked about Phil's claim that the Spurs were not a dynasty. Pop scrunches his face, says "Ooooh that makes me mad."
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) December 3, 2014
Before that exchange, Popovich was asked about the challenges the new Knicks honcho is facing while trying to turn the team around.
“That’s his problem,” Popovich said. “I will spend no time thinking or wondering about that. I have a job. Why would I care about his job?”
Thats more like the Pops we've all come to know and love.