Angry Gregg Popovich Rips Into Zaza Pachulia For Injuring Kawhi Leonard

Angry Gregg Popovich Rips Into Zaza Pachulia For Injuring Kawhi Leonard
By Mikey Traynor Updated

When San Antonio Spurs' legendary head coach Gregg Popovich is pissed off, he's not afraid to let anyone know.

His sideline and post-match interviews have been fantastic entertainment down the years, but he gave out a special tongue-lashing to the media regarding the actions of Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia.

The Georgian is known for his physical play, and in game one of the NBA Western Conference finals he left a leg out while Kawhi Leonard was taking a shot causing him to injure his ankle on landing. The "intent" debate has been raging over in the States since it happened, as the Spurs collapsed without their leader and then were thrashed last night in game two.

'Pop' was addressing the media before game two, but we can only imagine he is angrier after seeing his side go 2-0 down in the series.

It's dangerous, it's unsportsmanlike, and it just not what anybody does to anybody else.

And this particular individual [Pachulia] has a history with that kind of action. But this is crap. He didn't have intent? Who gives a damn about what his intent was? You ever hear of manslaughter?

You still go to jail, I think, when you're texting and you end up killing somebody. But you might not have intended to do that.

All I care is what I saw.

A Spurs comeback is highly unlikely, as having already lost Tony Parker for the remainder of the season, Leonard's presence is proving too difficult to replace.

As for Pachulia, this has cause such a media fallout that there are calls for the NBA to address this type of manoeuvre as it has happened many times before, and Popovich certainly has a point when he says intent shouldn't come into it.

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