For Portland’s sake, Popovich said he is happy the Trail Blazers have regained their status as one of the NBA’s top teams with a roster that represents the community in a first-class manner.
"It’s a heck of a team, and only getting better, week by week," he said. "It’s great for the city to have their team back, a team that not only wins, but does it with class. They’re as important here as we are in San Antonio.
"There’s not a whole lot of professional stuff going on, expect the Blazers and Spurs in their respective towns, so the people demand teams that compete hard and teams that operate with class, on and off the court. Now, Portland has that again, and I think it’s great for the town and great for the NBA.
"They’re going to be a tough matchup for every single team in the league every single night because of the coaching and because of the system. They’re good. They’re back."