Spurs’ Popovich: ‘I’ve hated the three for 20 years’

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich tore down his team ... after a win vs. the Suns.

It’s no secret the NBA has become a 3-and-D league, with monsters whom used to patrol the paint basically becoming dinosaurs.

However, that doesn’t mean everyone is a fan, including Gregg Popovich.

In fact, the five-time NBA champion coach of the San Antonio Spurs all but took a Gatling gun on the state of the league, thanks to the abundance of deep balls being hoisted on an every-night basis.

In a piece written by Sam Smith for NBA.com, Popovich unleashed his wrath.

“These days there’s such an emphasis on the three because it’s proven to be analytically correct,” Popovich told Smith. “Now you look at a stat sheet after a game and the first thing you look at is the threes. If you made threes and the other team didn’t, you win. You don’t even look at the rebounds or the turnovers or how much transition D was involved. You don’t even care. That’s how much an impact the three-point shot has and it’s evidenced by how everybody plays.”

But Popovich was just getting starting. His fury in regard to the deep ball continued.

“I hate it, but I always have,” Popovich said. “I’ve hated the three for 20 years. That’s why I make a joke all the time (and say) if we’re going to make it a different game, let’s have a four-point play. Because if everybody likes the three, they’ll really like the four. People will jump out of their seats if you have a five-point play. It will be great.

“There’s no basketball anymore, there’s no beauty in it. It’s pretty boring. But it is what it is and you need to work with it.”