Spurs’ Gregg Popovich becomes the NBA’s all-time winningest coach
San Antonio Spurs boss Gregg Popovich, unarguably the brightest basketball mind today, is now the winningest coach in NBA history.
After leading the Spurs to a victory over the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of their playoff series, Popovich surpassed Hall of Fame player and coach Lenny Wilkens for the most wins in the regular season and postseason combined.
Coach Gregg Popovich now has the most wins in NBA history 👏 pic.twitter.com/OZMfulhglA
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Gregg Popovich entered Saturday’s game tied with Wilkens for all-time wins, and the Spurs’ upset of the second-seeded Nuggets ensured him a solo claim on the record after the night.
The 70-year-old coach now has 1,413 wins, with Wilkens dropping to second with 1,412 and Don Nelson rounding out the top three with 1,410 victories. Other legendary basketball tacticians Phil Jackson (1,384) and Pat Riley (1,381) are fourth and fifth on the list, respectively.
Pops is often considered the greatest coach in the history of the NBA. Under his guidance, the Spurs have become a perennial powerhouse and model of consistency in the league.
San Antonio — with Popovich at the helm — has reached the playoffs for a record-equaling 22 straight times, tying the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers for the for the longest consecutive streak of making it to the postseason.
Since he took over as San Antonio coach, the Spurs have only missed the postseason once, during his first year in charge. Since then, they have been a fixture in the playoffs and have won the NBA title five times.