San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is expected to sign a three-year extension to remain the highest paid head coach in the NBA. Even though the deal will be for three years, Popovich will continue to consider retirement on a year to year basis. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski stated “A Popovich extension has been a foregone conclusion for months, but a new deal doesn’t change the fact that he’ll continue to take his coaching future on a year-to-year basis. Spurs ownership believes he’s entitled to manage his future how he wishes.”
The Spurs finished with 48 wins this season and the seventh seed in the West. The Spurs lost in seven games to the Denver Nuggets.
The greatness of Popovich has always been the ability to adapt to his players’ strengths and scheme around it. This season was a prime example of what makes him one of the best coaches in the NBA. Fielding a roster with eight new players coming into the season and then losing starting point guard Dejounte Murray to a season-ending knee injury in the preseason was excuse enough to count the season as a wash. They navigated through that and were top five in offensive efficiency despite what some consider playing an outdated brand of basketball.
Popovich was always known for leading a selfless offense that thrived with ball rotation, but this season was different since their two offensive centerpieces, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan, thrive in a more iso style play that lives on midrange shooting.
Popovich was hired by the Spurs in 1996 and has led them to the postseason for 22 straight seasons. The Spurs have won five titles under Popovich, the most recent being in 2014 over the big three Miami Heat. Overall Popovich has 1,245 wins with an overall win percentage of .684 which is the best percentage for a coach with more then 500 wins. He is also slated to coach Team USA in September’s FIBA World Cup in China. He will also coach Team USA at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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