Video: Gregg Popovich Gets Ejected 63 Seconds Into Spurs vs. Nuggets Game

Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs
Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs reacts against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on March 6 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

There is little Gregg Popovich hasn't managed to achieve throughout his stellar career—and he can now add being ejected barely a minute into a game to his list of accomplishments.

The San Antonio Spurs head coach was given his marching orders after just 63 seconds of his team's road game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

Pop got ejected one minute into the game 😬

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 4, 2019

Popovich was left incensed by the match officials' decision not to penalize Paul Millsap for what he deemed to be a foul on LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs head coach made sure referee Mark Ayotte knew what he thought of the no-call and then called a timeout to remonstrate further, despite the fact the game was only a minute old.

Spurs assistant coaches Becky Hammon and Ime Udoka tried to restrain Popovich, but their efforts proved fruitless as the 70-year-old was given two technical fouls and ejected from the game before the players had even broken sweat.

Asked what he thought of the incident after the game, Popovich remained tight-lipped.

"You'll have to ask the officials," he told The Associated Press.

The five-time NBA champion coach, however, was not quite done. Shortly after shunning reporters, he interrupted Mike Malone while the Denver Nuggets coach was conducting post-match interviews.

Coach Pop crashed Mike Malone’s interview and joked about his own ejection 😂

— ESPN (@espn) April 4, 2019

When Malone told him he was speaking about the new NBA record that had been set in the game, Popovich enquired about the nature of the record.

"Somebody got thrown out in 63 seconds," Malone explained.

Popovich's reply was as swift as it was sarcastic.

"Are you serious?" the Spurs coach asked in disbelief.

"That person must have hit somebody. Somebody get hit tonight? Somebody get cursed at or anything?"

Wednesday night's ejection was the second time in a week Popovich's involvement in a game ended prematurely. On Sunday, in the third period of the Spurs' game against the Sacramento Kings, the veteran charged onto the court to protest against an out-of-bounds call on Derrick White.

Referee Tyler Ford was left unimpressed by Popovich's behavior and handed him two technical fouls, before ejecting him from the game.

It seems Popovich would do well to control his temper, as the Spurs lost both games in which he was ejected. On Sunday, San Antonio lost 113-106 to the Kings and on Wednesday they were blown away by the Nuggets, suffering a 113-85 defeat.

The loss saw the Spurs slip to 45-34 for the season and into eighth spot in the Western Conference, 0.5 games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder. While the Spurs are guaranteed a playoff berth, finishing eighth in the standings will in all likelihood see them face the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.

Two of the Spurs' final three games of the season are on the road, with trips to Washington and Cleveland on Friday and Sunday, before a home game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.