Whether they show it or not, no coach likes being put on the spot with a sideline interview during the game. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich doesn’t hide his distain for them, but he made a special exception on Wednesday night.

Last night marked the return TNT’s Craig Sager to the sideline for the first time since undergoing leukemia treatment in 2014. He and Popovich have built up a rapport over the years and the broadcaster previously stated that he couldn’t wait to interview the coach, gruff exterior and all.

Sager got the interview but he didn’t get the stoic reception he hoped for. “I’ve got to honestly tell you that this is the first time I’ve enjoyed doing this ridiculous interview that we’re required to do and it’s because you’re here and you’re back with us,” Coach Pop said before hugging Sager. “Now ask me a couple of inane questions.”



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