Kansas coach Bill Self reacts to rumors he could replace Spurs’ Gregg Popovich
The San Antonio Spurs are a mere 14-19 on the season, and there have been some rumblings that Gregg Popovich may call it quits after he coaches in the 2020 Olympics. There have even been some rumors that Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self could be in line to take over for Pop, and it’s not the first time this has happened. However, Self has once again distanced himself from talks that link him to the San Antonio job after ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg predicted he’d be the next coach.
The Kansas coach claims he hasn’t talked to Greenberg in months and hasn’t talked with Spurs CEO R.C. Buford about the job despite being close friends:
“Well first of all, I haven’t talked to Seth in five or six months,” Self said, per Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio. “And secondly, and most importantly, I haven’t talked to (Spurs GM) R.C. (Buford) ever about (the job), and he was in my wedding and I was in his so I’ve known him pretty well and we’ve never once discussed it. And thirdly, I think it’s kind of an insult to the Spurs because they have the greatest coach maybe our sport’s potentially ever known — certainly the NBA one of the two or three best of all time for sure. So, yeah, there was absolutely zero truth to that.”
Popovich is now 70 years old and the Spurs may be facing a rebuild, which are just a couple of reasons why he might be ready to call it quits. Moreover, it sounds like Pop is growing tired of the game he has loved so ardently:
“We all steal from each other, that’s the bottom line,” Gregg Popovich said, via Mike Monroe of The Athletic. “None of us [is] innovative. We just look for somebody who did something well, and we copy it. And now we all penetrate and shoot threes, which is very boring.”
For now, Popovich is still the Spurs head coach. However, he might just be coming to the end of the line, and we’ll just have to wait and see whether it’s Bill Self (these denials mean little right now) or somebody else entirely who replaces him.