Being one of the most highly-regarded head coaches in the NBA today, it would be a sad day when San Antonio Spurs head honcho Gregg Popovich finally calls it a career. Thankfully, we do not have to worry about this happening in the near future as the 69-year-old himself declared his intent to carry on with his illustrious coaching career.
San Antonio-based news reporter Quixem Ramirez quoted Popovich on Twitter, in which Pop categorically denied any talk of his impending retirement.
Gregg Popovich, asked if he considered retiring from coaching after this summer:" “Uh, no.”
— Quixem Ramirez (@quixem) September 24, 2018
This is definitely great news not only for Spurs supporters but for basketball fans in general. Aside from bagging five NBA titles for the franchise over his 22-year tenure as the Spurs’ head coach, Popovich has also revolutionized the game in more ways than one.
Last April, Popovich lost his wife of four decades, Erin, to an illness, which led many to speculate about Pop’s future with the Spurs. Thankfully, retirement was not considered as an option.
With the departure of Tony Parker and the retirement of Manu Ginobili over the summer, the Spurs’ Big 3 era was officially put to a close. The team also lost cornerstone star Kawhi Leonard in the offseason, which has left the team in a transitionary period. Popovich is the only remaining constant, and is absolutely the right man to see the team’s transformation through.
Pop still has a few more years before finally calling it quits, but until then, we will have the pleasure of watching one of the best coaches ever do what he does best.