The San Antonio Spurs are currently one of the great dynasties in pro sports. The team has appeared in the Western Conference Finals in each of the last three seasons, and nine of the last 16 dating back to 1999. In that span, they’ve made the NBA Finals five times, winning four Championships. And the one they lost went to seven games.
The reason for this success? Well yes, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker certainly helped. But it’s coach Gregg Popovich who’s pulled everything together to make the Spurs contenders year in and year out.
It also just so happens that Gregg Popovich is one of the reasons why people don’t despise this team. People hate the Miami heat dynasty, but they don’t hate the Spurs because Tim Duncan is too nice (i.e. boring) to hate, and because Coach Pop is one of the most entertaining men in basketball.
Today, with the Spurs once again looking like championship contenders, we’re going to take a look at the greatest Popovich moments of all time. If you’re not a big basketball fan and you don’t know much about this guy beyond his record, consider this a crash course.