Gregg Popovich Unsure If He’ll Coach Spurs Beyond 2018/19

Longtime Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich remains undecided about his future beyond the 2018/19 season, writes Marc Stein of The New York Times. Popovich is in the final season of his current contract, and while the team would be happy to extend him for as long as he wants, he’s unsure whether he’ll continue his coaching career next season.

“I don’t know the answer,” Popovich said when asked about his coaching future.

According to Stein, Popovich – the NBA’s longest-tenured head coach by 12 years – said that he and general manager R.C. Buford have “periodically” discussed the Spurs’ options beyond this season. Buford notes that Popovich will remain on San Antonio’s bench for “as long as he wants to coach.”

NBA observers have speculated that Popovich would coach the Spurs for one more season after 2018/19, then retire after working with Team USA in the 2020 Olympics. However, while Popovich remains on track to coach the U.S. basketball squad in Tokyo in the summer of 2020, there’s no guarantee he’ll still coach the Spurs leading up to that event.

As Stein observes, Popovich will also coach Team USA during this year’s World Cup, which takes place in September, just two weeks before NBA training camps get underway. With international competitions bookending the ’19/20 season, Popovich may prefer to focus on those Team USA responsibilities.

Stein also points out that Popovich will turn 70 years old later this month. Only three other head coaches in NBA history have worked into their 70s, per Stein — Bill Bertka (71), Hubie Brown (71) and Larry Brown (70).

Popovich currently has the third-most wins of any coach in league history, with 1,223, and also ranks fifth in all-time winning percentage (.686) among coaches who have been on the sidelines for at least 100 games.

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6 thoughts on “Gregg Popovich Unsure If He’ll Coach Spurs Beyond 2018/19

  1. natsfan3437

    He probably will coach until he’s #1 on the wins list.

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    • Otogar

      That would take at least two more seasons (assuming they get around 45 wins each). I’m not sure he will do that. Pop doesn’t look like the kind of person who cares too much about these things.

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  2. acarneglia

    Imagine the Spurs losing Duncan, Ginobili, Parker, Kawhi, and Pop in a span of a few years. Crazy

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  3. chiefivey

    i figured this. He lost his core 4 as well as the passing of his wife last season. Pop is the goat if you as me, he can retire after the first quarter of the next game and i’ll respect it lol

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  4. bennyg

    Retire Pops, go and enjoy the rest of your life stress free. Enjoy your grandchildren. Before its too late. The game will miss you, but I’m sure the NBA community would rather see you step aside now rather than you being forced out IF Spurs start losing lots or you become unwell

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  5. x%sure

    His current roster is much less stimulating than past rosters. I doubt he would miss anyone if he turned to teams sporting the U S A.

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