“WELCOME to the Spurs. Go sit.”
This was the curt, first greeting issued by San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich made to his newest star LaMarcus Aldridge in last Tuesday’s practice (Wednesday, Manila time) according to a report from Jeff MCDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.
Aldridge, one of the most coveted free agents last summer who signed a four-year, $84 million contract with the Spurs, had an issue of minor leg tightness and was told to sit out practice as a precautionary measure despite the forward’s intention to take part in the activity.
It’s well known that Popovich does things his own way to ensure his players are as healthy as possible in the course of a long NBA season which includes sitting his veterans during practices or games, a strategy Aldridge will have to get used to.
“We sat him out,” said the coach of the five-time NBA champions, according to Jeff McDonald of “He didn’t want to do it. I said, ‘Welcome to the Spurs. Go sit.’"