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Rivalry aside, Spurs coach laments L.A. demise

Updated: July 28, 2004, 12:20 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- He might be the only one in San Antonio to say so, but Gregg Popovich said it Monday.

Pop misses the Lakers already.

Not long after Tim Duncan gave the pat answer about how nice it is to have Shaquille O'Neal out of the Western Conference, Duncan's coach -- who serves as Larry Brown's top assistant with Team USA -- took an unexpected stance.

"I hated it, personally," Popovich said of O'Neal's recent trade to Miami. "I think he's a great player. I ...

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