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Gregg Popovich's stealth campaign

Updated: March 13, 2011, 2:07 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is not just a crank. He's a majestic crank even in good times like these. If stats were kept on press conferences, Popovich would lead the league in sarcasm. Then again, it takes dedication to maintain the deep cover that Popovich has expertly cultivated in small-market San Antonio. It's not easy to have your supposedly too-old Spurs team suddenly gunning for the fifth NBA title of your tenure -- a look-at-me! accomplishment, if ever there was one -- and ...

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