San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is arguably one the five greatest coaches of all-time. Since taking over in 1996, after relieving Bob Hill of his duty, Popovich has had the opportunity to help lead five Spurs teams to win five championships in six appearances. Also, having the chance to coach numerous future Hall of Famers in his organization, All-Star Weekend, and a member of Team USA’s coaching staff. Those members include Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, David Robinson, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dirk Nowitzki, Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash, and the list goes on.
Popovich recently surpassed Pat Riley for fourth all-time for most coaching victories in NBA history. Next up for coach Pop is another Hall of Fame Coach in Jerry Sloan, who went into the Hall of Fame as a part of the 2009 class. Sloan is currently sitting on 1,221 wins a coach, and as of December 11, 2018, only ten wins ahead of coach Pop.
Earlier this season before the San Antonio Spurs took on the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. I had the opportunity to speak with Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban and asked who was his top five coaches ever.
“Rick Carlisle, Larry Brown, Gregg Popovich, Phil Jackson, and Pat Riley,“ Cuban told me.
The Spurs would get the best of the Mavericks by edging them out in a close game down the stretch with a score of 105-101 at the American Airlines Center.