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Pop needs 26 wins to become the winningest coach in NBA history . . . again

His legacy will be an untouchable record for years to come.

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There was a lot of discussion while Gregg Popovich was coaching the Men’s Olympic Basketball team in Tokyo whether or not the franchise’s most successful coach would return for a twenty-sixth season. He did. And now he poised to once and for all become the NBA coach with the most wins in history.

What’s that, you say? Pop already has more wins than any other NBA coach. Well if you think that, you would be right.

On April 13, 2019, Pop won his 1413th NBA game, taking him one over Lenny Wilkins. That is a combined record of regular season and postseason wins.

BUT, there is a list of coaches based solely on regular season wins. At the top of the heap is Don Nelson with 1,335 wins followed by Lenny Wilkins with 1,332 wins.

With only two more days until the Spurs kick off their season, Pop is starting this year with 1,310 wins, twenty-three from besting Wilkins and twenty-six from taking the all-time record in regular season. This combined with his all-time regular and post-season wins record will raise Pop into a new, exclusive echelon.

When the Spurs hit that twenty-sixth win of the season, Pop will be far-and-away untouchable for some time. As it stands, the next highest active NBA coach is Doc Rivers. Doc starts this season with 992 wins, just eight shy of making him the tenth member of the 1K tribe. Not nearly enough to catch Pop. He’d need seven 50+ seasons to give Pop a run for his money.

We’ll count down the wins until we can crown Pop the leader and undisputed winningest coach in NBA history.

Go! Spurs! Go!


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