San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) and Gregg Popovich talk during the first half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals against the Miami Heat, on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) By Associated Press Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 9 a.m. SAN ANTONIO — The NBA is paying tribute to the wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Erin Popovich died Wednesday at 67, the team said. Her death came after a long illness, the San Antonio Express-News reported. LeBron James, who was playing Game 2 of Cleveland’s first-round series against Indiana, was visibly upset when told after the game. “Obviously, I’m a huge Pop fan. I love Pop. That’s such a tragedy,” James said during his postgame interview on TNT. “My best wishes go out to Pop and his family. That’s devastating news. “The NBA family, we all stick together. I know we compete every night. But something like this happens, it puts everything in perspective.” Popovich is the current Olympic men’s basketball coach. James calls him a “mastermind of the game” and has said he’d consider playing for the U.S. team under Popovich at the 2020 Tokyo Games after skipping the… Read full this story
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