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Gregg Popovich’s net worth in 2022

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Gregg Popovich is considered to be one of the greatest coaches in NBA history. He is the longest-tenured active head coach in the NBA and all the other major sports leagues in the United States as he has been at the helm of the San Antonio Spurs since 1996. He is a five-time NBA champion and an Olympic gold medalist as the coach of the USA team during the 2020 Summer Olympics. In this article, we will take a look at Gregg Popovich’s net worth in 2022.

Net Worth $40 million
Age 72
Salary $11.5 million (2021-2022)
Sponsors N/A
Sports Basketball / NBA Coach

Gregg Popovich’s Net Worth in 2022 (estimate): $40 million

Gregg Popovich's net worth, Gregg Popovich, Spurs

Gregg Popovich’s net worth in 2022 is estimated to be at $40 million. This is according to multiple reputable sources such as Celebrity Net Worth.

Gregg Charles Popovich was born on January 28, 1949, to a Croatian mother and a Serbian father. He attended Merrillville High School before joining the United States Air Force Academy where he graduated in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in Soviet Studies and he underwent Air Force intelligence training.

He played basketball for four years at the US Air Force Academy where he was the team captain and the leading scorer in his senior year.

Popovich then served for five years of required active duty with the United States Air Force. During that time, he toured Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union with the US Armed Forces Basketball team. He was then chosen as the team captain of the 1972 Armed Forces Team which won the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Championship. Due to his performance, Popovich was invited to the 1972 US Olympic Basketball Team trials.

He then later studied at the University of Denver to get his master’s degree in physical education and sports sciences. Gregg Popovich also considered a job with the Central Intelligence Agency as he was planning out his career roadmap.

In 1973, Popovich returned to the Air Force Academy an assistant coach under head coach Hank Egan — who later became part of Pop’s staff at the San Antonio Spurs. He was an assistant coach for six years.

In 1979, Gregg Popovich was named as the head coach of the Pomona-Pitzer men’s basketball team. He held the position from 1979 to 1988 and led the team to its first title in 68 years.

During this time, Popovich became close with University of Kansas head coach Larry Brown. He took the 1985-86 season to become a volunteer assistant with the Kansas Jayhawks so that he could directly study Brown’s coaching ways. He then resumed his duties as head coach at Pomona-Pitzer the following season.

After the 1987-88 season, Gregg Popovich joined Larry Brown to become his lead assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. He held the position until team owner Red McCombs fired the entire coaching staff, including R.C. Buford, Alvin Gentry, and Ed Manning. He then moved to the Golden State Warriors to serve as an assistant coach under Hall of Famer Don Nelson.

After his two-year stint with the Warriors, Gregg Popovich returned to the San Antonio Spurs as their general manager and vice president of basketball operations after Peter Holt bought the team. His first move was to sign Avery Johnson to become the team’s starting point guard, as well as trading Dennis Rodman to the Chicago Bulls for Will Perdue.

With a preseason back injury to Spurs star David Robinson, the Spurs were off to a rocky start in the 1996-1997 season as they had a 3-15 record. Pop then fired coach Bob Hill and named himself the new head coach of the team.

Unfortunately, the injury bug did not go away for the Spurs as Robinson broke his foot and was sidelined for the rest of the season, Sean Elliot only played 39 games due to injury, and Chuck Person missed the entire season.

Despite having an aging Dominic Wilkins, the Spurs continued to struggle as they finished the season with a record of 20-62. Due to their catastrophic season, the Spurs were awarded the 1st overall pick of the 1997 NBA Draft which they used to draft Tim Duncan out of Wake Forest University.

The Spurs bounced back behind the twin towers of the 6’11 Tim Duncan and the 7’1 David Robinson holding the fort. They finished the 1997-1998 season with a 56-26 record. The following year, the San Antonio Spurs won their first-ever NBA title after defeating the New York Knicks in 5 games.

In 2002, Gregg Popovich named R.C. Buford as the Spurs’ new general manager.

The San Antonio Spurs continued to dominate under Gregg Popovich. They drafted a lot of great players such as Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Kawhi Leonard. Not to mention the great moves that they make to complement Tim Duncan and the other stars to content every single season.

The Spurs won 50 or more games for 20 straight seasons. During that time, they have won the NBA Championships five times – 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014. On top of that, Gregg Popovich has won the NBA Coach of the Year Award three times – 2003, 2012, and 2014.

On November 29, 2012, Gregg Popovich sat out Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Danny Green during a nationally televised game against the Miami Heat. He is known to sit out his starters on road trips in order to ensure that they have enough rest and are ready to go for the playoffs.

However, this move irked then-NBA commissioner David Stern, claiming that it was unacceptable and substantial sanctions will be enforced. Sure enough, the commissioner fined the Spurs $250,000.

“The Spurs decided to make four of their top players unavailable for an early season game that was the team’s only regular-season visit to Miami,” Stern said. “The team also did this without informing the Heat, the media, or the league office in a timely way. Under these circumstances, I have concluded that the Spurs did a disservice to the league and our fans.”

In the 2013 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat, the Spurs suffered their first-ever loss in an NBA Finals series after bowing down to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and the Miami Heat in seven games.

On February 9, 2015, Gregg Popovich became the 9th coach in NBA history to win 1000 games. Popovich and Jerry Sloan are the only two head coaches in NBA history to achieve the feat with one franchise.

On April 23, 2019, he surpassed Lenny Wilkens to become the all-time winningest coach in NBA history with 1,413 wins (regular season and playoffs combined).

On March 27, 2021, Gregg Popovich became the 3rd NBA coach to win 1,300 regular-season games.

 

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“I think at the base of it, the competitiveness in game situations is thrilling. That’s always there,” Popovich said when asked what keeps going after 24 seasons at the helm in San Antonio. “If that diminished or disappeared, then I wouldn’t be doing this.

Gregg Popovich has been at the helm of the San Antonio Spurs for 26 years now. During that time, he has won 5 NBA Championships with the franchise which puts him in the company of the only coaches to win 5 or more championships in their coaching career. He joins the likes of Pat Riley (5), John Kundla (5), Red Auerbach (9), and Phil Jackson (11).

On top of his NBA achievements, Gregg Popovich has also served as the head coach of the US Basketball team, replacing Mike Krzyzewski after the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Unfortunately, his first full stint as the US head coach during the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup was disappointing as the national team finished in 7th place, the worst finish ever in international competition.

However, they bounced back during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games as he led the team to a gold medal victory after defeating France in the finals.

In December 2021, it was announced that Steve Kerr will be succeeding Gregg Popovich as the new head coach of the USA National Team. Kerr has been part of Gregg Popovich’s staff since the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Currently, Gregg Popovich is still at the helm of the San Antonio Spurs, and it looks that he does not plan on slowing down any time soon. Despite that, the Spurs are surely closely monitoring the situation and they are surely doing an extensive search for Popovich’s successor.

With that being said, were you surprised about Gregg Popovich’s net worth in 2022?