Just as actor James Woods had a profound impact on the city of Quahog, Rhode Island, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has had an equally major impact on the city of San Antonio. It’s only natural, then, that a resident would want one of the high schools be named after Pop—should it be renamed to begin with, that is.
That resident, Emmanuel Casasola, has created a formal petition to rename Robert E. Lee High School to honor Popovich, should the school board decide to make a name change in light of recent civil rights issues. And that’s the catch: Casasola isn’t advocating for the high school to be renamed from Robert E. Lee to bear Popovich’s name. He’s only asking the high school to be renamed to honor Popovich if a name change is being considered.
Anyway, here’s the reasoning with perhaps the single greatest line ever written in a petition:
I know this may come off as a joke, but I am being completely serious. He is loved and revered all over the country as the best coach in all of sports and one of the greatest coaches of all time. He started his NBA coaching career in San Antonio with Larry Brown and except for a few years when he went to Golden State, he has been in San Antonio ever since. He has been instrumental in creating an organizational culture in the Spurs which is the envy of the entire NBA. His capacity for leadership, personnel development, and work ethic should be something we teach our kids to strive for and should be honored. He is also a graduate of the Air Force Academy and will serve as the US national team coach for the next Olympic cycle.
“I’ve never been to the school before, but I’d better sign it,” Spurs guard Patty Mills said. “Sounds like a good plan.”
Pop would probably treat such a decision like he treats his in-game and post-game interviews. So good luck with your plan, Emmanuel!
(Via the San Antonio Express-News)