The San Antonio Spurs logged a 120-114 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, and while this might be just another regular-season win for the Spurs, it was actually quite a monumental victory for the great Gregg Popovich.
Coach Pop just logged his 1,300th career win on Saturday as the legendary shot-caller became just the third coach in NBA history to have achieved this historic milestone (h/t NBA on Twitter):
— NBA (@NBA) March 28, 2021
The other two names ahead of Popovich right now are Lenny Wilkens and Don Nelson — two of the greatest coaches in the history of the sport. It is clear, however, that with just 36 wins away from the top spot, coach Pop is well on his way to being the all-time leader in wins once he calls it a career.
He won't be able to do it this season, though, even if the Spurs end up winning all of their remaining games. San Antonio has just 29 games remaining and the record we're talking about here is just for regular-season wins.
He should be able to break the record next year, though. That is if he stays on for another season beyond 2020-21.
Right now, Popovich is reportedly on a year-to-year agreement with the Spurs, who themselves recently parted ways with star big man LaMarcus Aldridge via a buyout deal. For Pop, he appears to be in full control of his future in San Antonio, with the front office giving him the liberty to extend his tenure at the end of each season. Not many coaches (or players) in the NBA have that type of privilege, but there's no denying that coach Pop absolutely deserves it.