San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been one of the best head coaches in the NBA for more than two decades. Entering his 26th season with the Spurs, it looks like he’ll be staying with the NBA even longer than expected.
Popovich’s incredible run in the NBA began in 1994 when he was hired as Spurs general manager and vice president of basketball operations. When the team started 3-15, he named himself head coach and changed the course of league history.
The Spurs reached the semifinals of the Western Conference in his first full season as head coach and won the NBA Finals a year later. In his first two seasons at the helm, San Antonio won five championships and reached the Western Conference finals five times.
When will Gregg Popovich retire?
With the Spurs seemingly beginning to rebuild, many have wondered if Popovich is on the cusp of retirement. But around the NBA, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, there is some belief that the future Hall of Famer may not be done coaching.
“No one knows for sure if Popovich will coach after this season, but several sources who know him have warned in recent weeks that it wouldn’t surprise them if he returns for 2022-23,” Lowe reports.
The Spurs have fallen quite a bit since their dynasty dominated the NBA. San Antonio has not won a playoff series since the 2017 NBA Playoffs and has not reached the postseason in the past two years.
The 72-year-old coach certainly doesn’t have to prove anything. The only thing his resume was missing, a gold medal, was finally achieved this summer with Team USA in Tokyo. He is also just 26 wins away from surpassing Don Nelson (1,335) to become the most winning coach in NBA history.
- Gregg Popovich recording: 1,310-653 regular season record, 170-114 in NBA Playoffs
Already coming out of a 33-39 season, the Spurs lost to DeMar DeRozan this summer and are at the bottom of the NBA rankings. But Popovich has earned the right to end his storied career on his terms, and that means we can see him for a few more years.