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Spurs HC Gregg Popovich surpasses Jerry Sloan for 3rd in coaches’ wins list

Gregg Popovich, Jerry Sloan

Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs fended off their rival the Oklahoma City Thunder by a score of 154-147. It was a game that will be remembered for a long time.

Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge scored 56 points, all without shooting a three-pointer. Russell Westbrook dropped a triple-double with 24 assists. Overall, the game was very exciting and led to a double-overtime finish.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich after the win against the Thunder now passes Jerry Sloan for the third spot in all-time NBA head coaching wins, per Clevis Murray of the Athletic. He now only trails Lenny Wilkens who won 1332 games over 32 years, and Donnie Nelson in the top spot with 1,335 wins over 31 years.

Popovich is considered by many to be the best modern coach of this current generation. Though Pat Riley and Phil Jackson were both very successful in the 90s and 2000s, Popovich has been excellent for nearly two decades as a head coach. He’s even winning games with subpar teams, at least compared to the ones where he had Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker.

What Popovich has been able to do by sustaining success in San Antonio is extremely impressive. Though it’s been rumored that he won’t be returning next season, he has still left a legacy and precedent for the franchise forever.