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Pop is primed to pass Jerry Sloan, but Don Nelson is still a ways off

The Spurs’ coaching guru was once an assistant to Golden State

Don Nelson

Few Things in life are as connected as Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs. He’s been their head coach since 1996 after disappointing 3-15 start with Bob Hill got the latter fired. And before Pop was the head coach, he was an assistant coach on the Spurs staff under Larry Brown, that is until Brown, Pop, Alvin Gentry, R. C. Buford, and Ed Manning were all ceremoniously fired.

It is between these two stints with the Spurs that Gregg Charles Popovich headed out west to Oakland to serve as an assistant coach to Don Nelson. Without this period, there may be no Avery Johnson on the Spurs and consequently no #6 hanging from the rafters. But that is neither here nor there.

Nelson, at 1,335 wins, is the NBA’s leading all-time head coach. Pop, with 1,221 wins is one game from surpassing Jerry Sloan’s at 3rd all-time in wins by an NBA coach.

In order to pass Don Nelson, Pop will need 125 more wins. It’s quite possible, with a solid second half to this season, that the Spurs could win and average of 50-52 games over the next two season and Gregg Popovich could end 2020-2021 season the all-time winningest coach in NBA history.

As you may recall, the Spurs win against the Pistons In Detroit on Monday edged Pop past Nelson in road wins. Nelson is now 3rd with 517. Pop is now two road wins from tying Pat Riley for the most in history.

What do you think? Will Pop earn more total wins and pass Don Nelson and the rest of the NBA coaches entirely?


Will Gregg Popovich retire as the head coach with the most wins in NBA history?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Of course, Pop’s got two and a half solid seasons remaining.
    (492 votes)
  • 41%
    I wish, but Pop will retire before he hits 1,336 wins
    (342 votes)
834 votes total Vote Now

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