Popovich becomes the winningest coach in NBA history

Popovich becomes the winningest coach in NBA history

Gregg Popovich, the legendary coach of the San Antonio Spurs, on Friday became the coach with the most regular season wins in NBA history.

Popovich took his 1,336th win thanks to the San Antonio Spurs’ long-lasting but creditable win against the Utah Jazz (104-102) who fell after a poor last quarter (40-28) despite winning by 15 points with 10 minutes to go.

The Spurs coach surpassed Don Nelson, who so far held the record with 1,335 games won.

Unlike Nelson, a huge reference in the NBA benches who passed through many teams, Popovich is synonymous with success, perseverance and loyalty with the Spurs, which he has led continuously since the 1996-97 season.

Popovich completely changed the DNA of the franchise, leading the Spurs to five rings (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014).

Popovich’s extraordinary NBA career is mainly connected with a basketball legend like Tim Duncan and also with other exceptional players such as David Robinson, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker or Manu Ginóbili.

After the match that gave him the record, Popovich assured the media that such a mark “does not belong to one person”.

“Basketball is a team sport. You teach your players that they have to do things together and that has certainly been the case in my life with these great players, coaches and team that I have been blessed with, as well as with the support of this beautiful city,” he explained.

“We all share this record. It’s not mine. It’s ours, from here in the city,” he added.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also surrendered to Popovich’s legacy.

“His success with the Spurs is unprecedented in our league, so it’s fitting that he now holds the record for the most wins,” he said in a statement.

“His leadership and steadfast dedication to basketball are widely admired by generations of players and coaches. Congratulations to Pop (his nickname) on his latest achievement in this storied career.”

Numerous NBA personalities praised Popovich for achieving this record, including Spaniard Pau Gasol, who played for Spurs from 2016 to 2019.

“Huge congratulations to Pop, to all his team members over the years and to the entire Spurs organization for this incredible achievement,” Gasol wrote on Twitter.

Source: El heraldo