Gregg Popovich told Hall of Fame he had one condition involving Tim Duncan before he could accept consideration
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will be eligible to make the basketball Hall of Fame next season. He will likely be joined by Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.
According to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, Popovich would have already been elected to the Hall of Fame, but he refused consideration. He apparently told the committee he would only accept consideration once Duncan was eligible:
2020 Naismith Hall of Fame Class could include: Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett & Gregg Popovich. Pop would have already been elected but refused consideration. He apparently told HOF he would accept consideration once Duncan was eligible. Well… #Spurs #Celtics #Lakers
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) September 6, 2019
Tim Duncan is the best player in Spurs history and arguably the best power forward in NBA history. He’s joining Gregg Popovich’s staff as an assistant coach.
In 1,392 career games with the Spurs, Duncan averaged 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocks while shooting 50.6 percent from the field. He won five rings, two regular-season MVP awards and two Finals MVPs.
Popovich is one of the greatest coaches of all time. He has a record of 1,245-575 with the Spurs in the regular season and 170-114 in the playoffs. Pop has won the Coach of the Year award three times.
Popovich is currently in China coaching Team USA in the FIBA World Cup. Spurs guard Derrick White is on the team, so Popovich is able to keep a close eye on one of his youngsters.
It’s pretty cool that Popovich and Duncan are going to go into the Hall of Fame in the same class.