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Gregg Popovich Details How Spurs Help Players Deal With Social Media


Victor Wembanyama #1 of the San Antonio Spurs high fives head coach Gregg Popovich during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on January 20, 2024 in Washington, DC.
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Like all sports leagues, the NBA is heavily intertwined with and influenced by social media.

It’s the method by which many players, analysts, and fans get an idea of who is doing well, who is doing poorly, and who is generating the most buzz.

But San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich warns his players to resist the urge to dive headfirst into social media.

According to FastBreakPhenom on Twitter, via Legion Hoops, Popovich and his staff have a plan to make sure that Spurs stars aren’t too absorbed by social media.

According to Popovich:

“We bring in speakers to talk to players about the negatives of social media— they don’t have to live every moment wondering what somebody’s saying about them.. the more you can depend on your teammates and yourself, to find your place in the world, the better off you are.”

This is sound advice for Spurs players or anyone.

While social media can relay important news, highlights, and more, it can also bring a lot of negativity into players’ lives.

These are young men who can be heavily influenced by what they read online, especially if it’s bad.

That could cause players to doubt themselves and might have a heavy impact on their mental well-being.

For example, Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama has been a huge part of social media since joining the league.

He has been closely watched by fans, with some people saying he’s delivering and some saying he isn’t living up to the hype.

If Wembanyama read every mention of himself online, he would definitely be distracted from being the best player he can be.

Popovich wants his young stars focused on one another and their goal of winning.

Avoiding social media not only makes them better basketball players, but also makes them healthier and happier too.


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