Gregg Popovich has won 1,336 wins as the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs. That’s the most games any NBA coach has ever won in the league’s history. In what will likely be his last season, he secured an accolade that underscores his fantastic coaching career.
After holding off one of the Utah Jazz, one of the best teams in the Western Conference, the Spurs mobbed Popovich to celebrate. Although he left the scrum as soon as he could, the moment showed how he views the historic accomplishment.
It was a great day for Spurs nation!!
Gregg Popovich becomes the winningest coach in NBA history 👌pic.twitter.com/BqmBTQpj8D
— Spurs Nation (@SpursNationCP) March 12, 2022
Like any coach, Popovich refused to take all the credit. After he clinched the record in the Spurs win, he stressed that the accolade belongs to everyone who played a part in it, not just him. The players, coaches, staffers and fans all share in the feat.
"It's not mine. It's ours."
Gregg Popovich on why he shares the all-time coaching wins record with the @spurs, and with the city of San Antonio. pic.twitter.com/QwRrhTkjGE
— NBA (@NBA) March 12, 2022
The Spurs have had 199 players play under Popovich, who started coaching the team midway through the 1996-97 season. The group features a bevy of Hall-of-Famers and countless others that would contribute at a high level in the league. He also worked alongside many coaches that became NBA head coaches. His coaching tree branches out all over the league.
Although the Spurs will likely not continue helping Popovich collect wins in the playoffs — they are 26-41, just out of the picture of the play-in tournament. But Coach Pop’s legacy will go down as one of the very best for any coach in basketball history.