Gregg Popovich is making a habit of these late-season ejections.
The Spurs head coach was tossed just 63 seconds into San Antonio’s matchup with Denver on Wednesday.
Pop got tossed 1:03 min into the game… pic.twitter.com/qZehhTeezU
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 4, 2019
According to SportsNet, that’s the fastest ejection for a coach in NBA history, beating the old record held by the Wizards’ Flip Saunders (106 seconds) for a game against the Celtics on Jan 2, 2012.
This is the second straight game in which he has been tossed. It’s his 20th career ejection.
In the latest edition of @GrantNapearshow calling ejections… pic.twitter.com/PCVSyFqCtc
— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) April 1, 2019
Popovich, though, made light of the situation after the game, interrupting Nuggets coach Michael Malone’s press session with a sarcastic surprise.
“What was the record, what happened?” Popovich asked.
“Someone got thrown out in 63 seconds,” Malone responded.
“Are you serious?” Popovich sarcastically said. “That person must have hit somebody. Did somebody get hit tonight? Did somebody get cursed at or anything?”
“It’s part of the game in my book,” Malone joked.
COACH POP IS A NATIONAL TREASURE (via @HarrisonWind) pic.twitter.com/XfomrvJGnv
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) April 4, 2019
The Nuggets went on to win 113-85.
The loss moves the Spurs into sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference, a half-game back of the Thunder with three games left to play.
Oklahoma City has four games remaining.