Gregg Popovich states the obvious on media day by saying no one should bet Spurs to win NBA title

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich sends words to the wise on media day.
"I probably shouldn't say that, but I'll say it anyway. What the heck," said Popovich on Monday at the unofficial start of the NBA training camp.
He leaned closer to the microphone to make sure his point was heard properly.
"No one here should go to Vegas thinking of betting on us to win the championship," he said. "And I know someone's going to say, 'Gosh, what a Debbie downer. There's a chance. What if they work really hard?' It probably won't happen."
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The Spurs are the absolute favorites to win the NBA Finals at Bet MGM. They are listed at +50000 alongside seven other teams. They are +2500 to win the West, tied again for the last one. And they're sitting at +2500 alone to win the Southwest Division.
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The payoff could be huge for anyone better, but it goes a long way. The Spurs are coming off a 34-48 (.415) season and edged out the Los Angeles Lakers for the 10th and final playoff spot in the West. They lost in the play-in tournament.
There were no splashy additions in free agency. Instead, Spurs are clearly in a rebuild and are focused on developing young talent for the competition. This is unlikely to happen in an off-season. Popovich said it's "not the point" to win it all.
"Honestly, I don't care," Popovich said. "You all know what's important to me. So I won't bore you to death. But it's about developing that group and giving them the best possible opportunity to have long NBA careers and enjoy the hell of it. And whoever comes after me will have the opportunity to take it to the next level. So at this point, the task is really to start them off right, just like a new baby. Giving the baby all the nutrients it needs to develop properly the best environment. So that's our goal. Everything else will take care of itself.
If we ride out that metaphor, a down season could mean another baby in the Spurs' bassinet. If you finish dead last, as the Vegas books predict, you stand a better chance of winning the lottery and adding a #1 pick to your area. That's a good goal.
Gregg Popovich reiterates that the San Antonio Spurs won't be great this season. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
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