Alanis Morissette would have a goddamn field day with this revelation, because the idea that the guy with two decades of dominance under his belt had to start losing to be the last to realize that winning cures all is quite ironic, don't ya think? Hell, Gregg Popovich is probably so used to sleep-walking to sixty wins that he didn't even consider that his petulant personality might need medicating as it's ridiculously ill-fitted for a followup to an uncompetitive loss,
Admittedly, I find enjoyment in the mocking of media that tend to be ferociously formulaic, so I'm just as guilty as anyone of encouraging the "grumpy old man who's too smart for your stupid questions" routine. Unfortunately, it plays a hell of a lot better when the team he's putting on the court is undeniable proof of his superior basketball IQ. I don't care how long you've worn the label of irreproachable genius, because that adhesive starts to wear mighty thin once your team turns into nothing more than a small speed bump for an opponent that's playing without a 2x-MVP.
Simply put, arrogance in sports is earned annually, and being an asshole is a lot cuter when it's complimented by far more endearing qualities. The San Antonio Spurs, for the first time in the longest of times, don't possess any of those qualities. Never mind that the crotchety coach is likely the best strategist in the sport, because that matters very little when - despite being cleared by team doctors months ago - a soft-spoken superstar like Kawhi Leonard is letting his continued inaction speak all sorts of volumes. Again, most of the time I find Grumpy Gregg highly entertaining, but that's because most of the time he's not condescendingly circumventing easy, open-ended inquiries when the alternative line of questioning should be in regards to an unprecedented amount of reports that hint at organizational dysfunction. Captain the model franchise and cruise into title contention every season and you can have the snarl of a drunken sailor. However, if you struggle with in-fighting issues, suffer from a lack of transparency regarding your best player's on-court absence, and barely squeeze into the playoffs only to get railroaded when you get there then you should be expected to cleanse your colon of the stick shoved up it and wash down your humble pie with some sugary electrolytes.