Gregg Popovich on Serge Ibaka: 'We knew he'd be back'
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich had a pretty Popovichian response to the news that Serge Ibaka might be able to return to action.
Before the Western Conference Finals started, the San Antonio Spurs weren't entirely convinced that Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka would in fact be sidelined. It turns out they were right to be skeptical, as the Thunder announced Friday that Ibaka is suddenly day-to-day as a result of swelling going down "substantially and unexpectedly" in his strained calf.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reacted to the news:
Pop on Ibaka news: "Shocked. I'm so surprised. Like I told you from the beginning, I know Sammy. We knew he'd be back. And that's good."— Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) May 23, 2014
The "Sammy" in question is Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti, who started his career as an intern in San Antonio. Presti met the media, too, and said that that Ibaka would not be ruled out of Sunday's Game 3:
Sam Presti on Ibaka: "We're not saying he is playing, but the information is telling us we can't rule it out."— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 23, 2014
The Thunder had previously announced that Ibaka would miss the whole postseason, and coach Scott Brooks repeatedly said he wasn't coming back after their Game 1 loss on Monday.
The lesson, again, is that the Spurs are never wrong.
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