“I was there. I spoke. I begged. I got on my knees. I offered my children. Things like that.”
—Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, when asked if he was involved in the recruiting of LaMarcus Aldridge this summer. Via Jeff McDonald of the Express-News. It’s funnier if you read it in a Popovich deadpan voice.
Popovich was more involved in bringing in Aldridge — who along with Kawhi Leonard is the future of the Spurs — than he has been in any other free agent recruiting process. He met with Aldridge not once but twice, talking basketball, philosophy, and how he planned to use the All-Star forward.
He also promised Aldridge he’d be a focal point of the ensemble attack the Spurs run. Through two games, Aldridge is averaging 11.5 shot attempts per game, down more than eight shot attempts a game than he got last season. If those numbers continue, we’ll see if that bubbles up as an issue or if Aldridge has fully bought into the Spurs’ way.