When Spoelstra and Popovich face off, the respect is clear

MIAMI (AP) — The postgame routine between San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Miami’s Erik Spoelstra is almost always the same. A handshake or embrace near midcourt at the final buzzer. They exchange a few words. They laugh. And then the coaches head off in opposite directions. It has been this way for a while now, and was again Wednesday when they met for the 37th time. There is clear mutual admiration between the two coaches who have been in their jobs longer than any other current coaches in the NBA.