San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is not known as an open, willing interview subject, especially when the questions are coming at halftime of a game that he is coaching. In fact, attempts at interviewing him are compelling precisely because he can be so obstinate. Just ask TNT's Craig Sager. Perhaps the network tried to give Pop a different look just before the fourth quarter of a game against the Miami Heat on Thursday by sending Charles Barkley at him.
To his credit, Barkley did get a little more out of Popovich than perhaps we're accustomed to hearing, which as little as possible. Maybe Pop was so relatively voluble because was his team was holding a 76-73 lead despite his decision to sit Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. But after the first two questions, Popovich felt compelled to teach Chuck a little something about the sideline interview.
Apparently, a sideline reporter is only permitted two questions.
As Barkley began to ask a third question, Popovich interrupted, "That's a third question, isn't it? Don't you just get two?"
Barkley couldn't help but laugh and apologize. "May bad, my bad," he said.
Just before he walked back to the bench, Popovich told Barkley that he loves him. Somewhere, a single tear dropped onto Sager's very colorful blazer.
Please Chuck, don't retire any time soon.