Gregg Popovich: “In general, shootarounds could be kaputskied”

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No, “kaputskied” is not a word. You tell Gregg Popovich that.

“Kaput” is a word, meaning useless or broken. No longer working.

That’s how Popovich feels about game-day shootarounds.

Shootarounds were invented by Hall of Fame Lakers coach Bill Sharman (a former Celtics’ player), and it’s stayed around as a way for players to either burn off some nervous energy, or sweat out the night before a little, get their bodies and minds going on the morning of a game.

Before his Spurs beat the Clippers Tuesday night, Popovich talked about why his team rarely does shootarounds — he doesn’t see the point. Via Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.

“I just think it was the modus operandi for every organization. It was habit. It was what everyone did. If you didn’t do it, you were recalcitrant or you weren’t doing your job,” Popovich said. “Some owners would look and say ‘Why aren’t you doing a shootaround?’ If you were a young coach, you have to have a shootaround because you’re doing what you have to do. And, basically, half of them are total crap – a total waste of time…. In general, shootarounds could be kaputskied.”

What works better is a focused short film session, Popovich said.

“With us, film is short and directed – very specific on certain items,” he said. “You can’t do a coaching clinic every time you do a film session or you lose them all. But if something is directed, like pick-and-roll defense, transition defense or how the ball was shared or not shared and you get after it and do it, it makes sense to most players. That’s our way.”

It’s becoming more and more teams’ way. While it likely will never go extinct, the shootaround is moving closer to the endangered species list. Teams would rather have players get more sleep on the road (or at home) and have full practices on off days than drag everybody down for a walk through the morning of the game.