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Popovich a little more in history


In San Antonio’s win over the Lakers on Monday, Gregg Popovich (73) earned his 1,335th regular season victory as a coach, tying Don Nelson’s record.

It is undoubtedly the quest for this record that drives him to continue coaching, at 73, and he is now on the way to beating it. Monday, winning against the Lakers with his San Antonio team, Gregg Popovich won his 1335th regular season victory on a bench. He thus equals the record of the immense Don Nelson (81 years old, former coach of Milwaukee, Golden State, New York and Dallas between 1976 and 2010) and should therefore pass him in the very next few days, whether against Toronto, Utah, Indiana, Minnesota or Oklahoma City… In office since 1996 in San Antonio (first victory on December 14), replacing Bob Hill, the native of Chicago contributed to the best hours of the franchise, with five championship titles won in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014 thanks in particular to David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, and 22 consecutive appearances in the play-offs. It was during the 2015-16 season that the coach won the most (67, for only 15 defeats), but the Spurs were eliminated in the second round of the play-offs by Oklahoma City.

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Popovich did not bring up the subject

Counting the play-offs, Popovich has a record of 1,505 victories, and he has led the combined victories (regular season + play-offs) since April 2019. But for three seasons, it’s been more complicated for the franchise from Texas, who finished eleventh in the Western Conference in 2020 then tenth in 2021, and who currently sit in twelfth place, with 25 wins for 40 losses, with little chance of playing in the finals. Gregg Popovich did not wish to mention this record at a press conference, but his players took care of it for him. “You know Pop…I don’t think he really cares about that sort of thing.” I don’t think he will tell us about it when we get the next victory, he’s like that, ”said Jakob Poeltl. “ It’s hard to put into words the impact he had on the Spurs organization, American basketball and basketball in general. “, reacted on his side Josh Richardson. The question now is how much longer Popovich will want to stay on the bench.

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