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Friday, August 31, 2012
Granderson: Pinkett's comments include truth

By Matt Fortuna

One of the most memorable moments during the 2011-12 NBA season came during Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. San Antonio entered the fourth quarter trailing Oklahoma City by nine, when cameras caught Spurs coach Gregg Popovich saying this:

"I want some nasty."

Those last four words made the speech a YouTube sensation and even sparked T-shirts. More importantly, they inspired his team as the Spurs went on a 13-3 run and won the game 101-98. At the heart of that run was Stephen Jackson, the one man who personified "nasty" on that team, holding NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant to six points in the fourth.

I bring that game up because we loved Pop's moment. We knew exactly what he was talking about, and so did his players. They didn't win the series, but what they did do was remind NBA fans that the Spurs' championship play may be "boring" in the eyes of some but it should never be mistaken for soft.

We despise soft.

Which is why I'm not going to throw Notre Dame radio analyst Allen Pinkett completely under the bus for the comments he made earlier this week during a Chicago radio interview. Pinkett was asked about Notre Dame suspending lead rusher Cierre Wood and reserve defensive end Justin Utupo for violating team rules. His response included these remarks:

To read the rest of L.Z. Granderson's column, click here.