This NBA coach had an inspiring response to a question about winning championships

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Gregg Popovich has five NBA Championship rings to his name, but the San Antonio Spurs head coach considers something else even more important than winning. 

Popovich, along with Harvard professor and civil-rights activist Dr. Cornel West, took questions about social issues from 250 high school students in San Antonio last month, per The Nation. One of those students asked if the Spurs would win a championship this year, a feat they accomplished in 2014. 

Popovich’s answer was priceless.

“Win the championship?” he said. “I don’t know, but it’s not a priority in my life. I’d be much happier if I knew that my players were going to make society better, who had good families and who took care of the people around them. I’d get more satisfaction out of that than a title.”  Read more…

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The 10 athletes who gained the most Instagram followers in 2016

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As 2016 winds down, the folks at Instagram found a way to rank the world’s top athletes on one, uniform statistic — social media popularity. 

This has been a year many people would like to forget. But if you’re tired of reading about metaphors for it (which you can find here and here and everywhere, really), this list might help you take your mind of things. 

Here’s a look at athletes who gained the most Instagram followers in 2016.

10. Stephen Curry (@stephencurry30)

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J.R. Smith left basket wide open because he was busy hugging an opponent

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In one of the more bizarre moments you’ll see in basketball, Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith took a moment to embrace opposing player Jason Terry on the sidelines in the first half of the Cavs-Bucks game on Tuesday.

The two have a history — Smith was suspended for a game after he elbowed Terry in the face in the 2013 playoffs — so it appears as if they’ve reconciled their differences.

But why was their hug so strange?

Because it happened in the middle of the game, leaving Smith’s man wide open and allowing the Bucks to score.

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Klay Thompson makes the best paper airplane on the West Coast

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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson continued his streak of irreverent press conference moments on Monday by tossing a top-notch paper airplane at the media before walking out of the room.

The self-proclaimed “best paper airplane on the West Coast” comes a couple weeks after Thompson sipped a Coors Light in the middle of a post-game interview. 

Thompson’s shooting skills on Monday weren’t bad, either. The 26-year-old put up 20 points during the Warriors’ narrow 105-100 victory. 

But if basketball doesn’t work out, at least Thompson has a backup plan. 

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The Warriors lost the NBA Finals but everyone still wants their jerseys

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Cyber Monday has spoken — though the Golden State Warriors lost the NBA Finals, they’re still kings of the online merch game. 

As of 10 p.m. ET on Cyber Monday, the Warriors are the top-selling NBA team on sports retail website Fanatics. NBA MVP Steph Curry, the Warriors point guard, is the top-selling NBA jersey on Fanatics for the second Cyber Monday in a row, according to Fanatics Director of Public Relations Brandon Williams.  

Even though the Warriors couldn’t win their second NBA title in as many years, it’s not surprising that fans are loading up on Golden State merch. Last year’s squad notched a record 73 wins, and with the offseason signing of Kevin Durant, many are calling the 2016-17 Warriors one of the best teams in NBA history.  Read more…

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NFL Dance Party: This LeBron James impression is the week’s best celebration

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. scored a pair of touchdowns in Sunday’s win at Cleveland. Naturally, he channeled one of the city’s biggest stars — LeBron James — while celebrating one of those touchdowns.

The best part? He actually busted out the James impression twice. 

Beckham returned a punt for a touchdown in the fourth quarter — displaying James’ classic chalk toss and “The Silencer” — but the score was called back after a holding penalty. So when Beckham found the endzone again later in the quarter, he made sure the James celebration received its due diligence.  Read more…

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