Gregg Popovich is reportedly negotiating a new contract to return as head coach of the San Antonio Spurs. Per ESPN:
Coach Gregg Popovich is negotiating a new deal with the San Antonio Spurs.
The 70-year-old Popovich just finished his 23rd season with the Spurs. The team has made the playoffs in each of the past 22 seasons, a streak that ties for the longest in NBA history, and there was some speculation about whether he would return. He has won five NBA championships with San Antonio.
He said Monday that negotiations are underway.
This should come as a surprise to no one. Pop has always said he will coach until he’s bored of it, and that certainly doesn’t appear to be the case at this time. Despite rumors over the years that he would be done when the Big Three are gone, he has repeatedly stated how much he’s enjoying the new challenge of coaching a new team and creating new systems.
There’s not telling how long the contract will be for or for how much, and while we may never know, it doesn’t matter. Pop continued to prove he’s the GOAT this season by taking a team with 9 new players to the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference, becoming just the sixth 7th seed to push a 2nd seed to 7 games along the way. Things can only get better next season with the return of Dejounte Murray, the continued development of younger players like Derrick White and Lonnie Walker IV, and a full year under his belt with the core of players based around LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan.