The way of Gregg Popovich as a basketball coach continues. At least he has a new contract that certifies it. And for five more seasons. The Spurs have renewed the Indiana coach when it seemed that the final of him on the bench was close. Pop is 74 years old right now; he will finish this agreement close to eighty.
Although the numbers do not officially slip, Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN) put a figure to this renewal. It will be for more than 80 million dollars. At 16 per course. It does not have to be the most expensive in the history of the NBA, since the one that Monty Williams has signed with the Detroit Pistons in this same market can go -with additional adjustments- up to one hundred for five years.
With Popovich also being the president of basketball operations this renewal It can be considered a way of tying the coach to the franchise and not just to the bench, so he could fulfill it without having to do it in his five years as head coach of the Spurs.
A year and a half ago he surpassed don nelson as coach with the most wins in the normal season of the NBA: 1,366for the 761 defeats that it accumulates in the same way.
Victor Wembanyama and his elaborate formation, now in San Antonio, is one of the reasons for which Popovich will extend his life as a coach of the best basketball league in the world. He will be able to mold the number one of his promotion with the structure and experience that there is in the Spurs.
The vast career of Popovich, born in the town of East Chicago in 1949, continues its course. He has been a champion five times: 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. After trying out in the NCAA and being an assistant, he became general manager of the Spurs in 1994 and took charge of the bench, given the poor results , in 1996. He has been the Coach of the Year three times. He has also been with the United States team, apart from his work in the NBA, with which he won Olympic gold at the 2020 Games. During his more than three decades of work, he has imposed a beautiful game in San Antonio, raising players like Tim Duncan or Tony Parker, a very European style (that’s where he comes from, his parents are Yugoslavians), which has earned him a lot of success to be considered one of the best coaches in the history of sports.