Long time San Antonio Spurs head coach, and future Hall of Famer, Gregg Popovich is supposedly heading into one of his final seasons, if sources are to be believed.
Jordan Schultz is an NBA insider/analyst who also hosts a podcast with NBA star CJ McCollum. It’s also worth noting that Spurs wingman Lonnie Walker IV, has appeared on Schultz’s Instagram a few times this offseason doing media work, so there’s reason to believe he has some connections to the San Antonio franchise.
On Saturday Schultz tweeted:
League sources say the #Spurs are preparing for Gregg Popovich’s retirement within the next 1-2 years. As he begins his 26th HC season, I’m told the organization has initiated an extensive search - both in-house and externally - into finding Pop’s replacement.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) October 16, 2021
Now this may come as no surprise that Coach Pop is heading for retirement in the next couple of seasons, but this is the first time it has been reported that the Spurs are starting to “prepare” for it.
Schultz mentions in his tweet that the organization is searching for the next heir to the throne inside and out. There is a huge contingent of Spurs fans who want Becky Hammon to be the next in line, but if this report is true, it may not be as simple as that. It would make sense for the organization to do their due diligence and look elsewhere besides in-house, just in case they believe there is someone out there who is more qualified, or in case she accepts another offer before then, but she certainly deserves the opportunity considering she has been in the organization since 2014 and has been one of Pop’ top assistants.
Pop is only 26 wins away from becoming the all-time leader in regular season wins for any coach in NBA history. As we all know, Pop doesn’t care about individual honors, but it sure would be special for him to get this one before he hangs up the clipboard, and this squad will surely do all they can to get it for him.