San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich apparently left a $5,000 tip on a $815.73 bill last week at a restaurant close to the stadium of the team’s first-round playoffs opponent.
A receipt, which surfaced on Reddit on Tuesday, appeared to have been signed by a man with a very similar signature to the coach the night before his team’s Game 4 matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The tip was left at McEwen’s on Monroe, an establishment that is just a 10-minute walk from the FedEx Forum, where the Spurs were set to play the Grizzlies.
The owner of McEwen’s, Bert Smithe, told mySA.com that “Coach Popovich has been in our restaurant in the past multiple times,” but would not discuss the particulars of his bill or when he last dined there.
“We don’t discuss anything that goes on when VIPs are in the building,” Smithe said. That said, he did then add that people had been discussing Popovich’s tip “in town,” whatever that means.
The coach, widely considered to be the best in the NBA, has been known to leave generous tips when he dines at restaurants. But $5,000 is quite a bit more than, say, $1,000.
Either way, the story fits perfectly in line with Popovich’s “good guy” image. Good on you, Gregg.