"And I think without continuity that's pretty impossible, because all the immediate tendencies of instant success starts to take over and that just breeds failure."
THE FUNNY POP: Popovich was asked to compare Green to former standout Bruce Bowen after Game 5.
"I guess they both are similar in the fact that neither one of them has any moves," he said. "They just shoot it. They don't really dribble or do anything else."
THE PHLEGMATIC POP: On why he switched which end of the court his offense started at on the road this season: "I was bored."
THE UNSYMPATHETIC POP: It is well known that Popovich rode Parker hard when he first came to the NBA from France as a 19-year-old point guard. That subject came up after Parker led the Spurs to a win in Game 1.
"Are you related to Tony? Are you concerned I treated him badly? You seem very concerned about Tony's treatment," Popovich said. "Tony makes $900 million a year. ... He's fine."
THE STUBBORN POP: No matter how many ways it has been asked, Popovich won't concede to the success the Spurs have had in making things difficult for James. Is that maybe because he doesn't want to make James angry?
"You're digging really deep," Popovich said. "You must need to write an article by 4 o'clock today or something."
THE CONFOUNDED POP: After Parker was injured in Game 3, one reporter wondered if Popovich would "mail in" Game 4 by resting Parker in hopes of having him at full strength for Games 5, 6 and 7.
"I have to tell you that phrase 'mail in Game 4,' it confuses my whole brain," he said. "I don't think I can think past that comment. I would like to help you, but I don't know how to help you."
THE HELPFUL POP: When Popovich walked up to a group of reporters at the morning shootaround before Game 4, no one immediately asked a question.
"Do you want me to think of the questions, too?"