Popovich Strongly Hints He’ll Remain Spurs’ Coach

Gregg Popovich plans to remains the Spurs coach for a 24th season and is currently in negotiations with the front office to finalize the deal, he hinted on Monday to the media, including the San Antonio Express News’ Tom Orsborn“It’s one third Portofino, one third Positano, and one third San Antonio,” wine connoisseur Popovich quipped about contract talks.

Popovich’s contract expired at the end of the season. He is the longest-tenured coach in any of the four major professional sports leagues. The Spurs were eliminated by Denver on Saturday in the only opening-round playoff series that required seven games to determine a victor.

The Spurs finished the regular season with 48 victories despite a major roster overhaul during the offseason, including the blockbuster deal that sent starters Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto. San Antonio’s starting point guard Dejounte Murray suffered a season-ending knee injury prior to the regular-season opener.

With DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge along with promising young pieces, the 70-year-old Popovich indicated he’s eager to work again with the current mix.

“It’s just the beginning of a new culture for a new group,” he said. “So we will have a little bit of corporate knowledge going into next season, and they’ll show that, I think.”

Popovich will also have a busy summer coaching Team USA in the FIBA World Cup in China in August and September.

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8 thoughts on “Popovich Strongly Hints He’ll Remain Spurs’ Coach

  1. Danthemilwfan

    Why? Doesn’t he want to try something new? That spurs team is done. Knicks would be cool to see him coach.

    • jorge78

      Pop just signed a new contract with the Spurs.
      Say it on ESPN.
      SA would never let him get away. And they just proved it. He’s a miracle worker!

  2. bowserhound

    Lakers need to offer him $20MM/year to be the next coming of christ.

  3. greg1

    Pretty sure Pops not worried about the money, he ain’t leaving San Antonio until his coaching days in the NBA are over.

    Team definitely needs some work for next year, but a backcourt that includes Murray, Forbes and White, along with Jakob, two firsts and DeRozan/LMA should lead to somewhere around 50 wins and a top 4-7 seed in the west.

  4. coldbeer

    A championship 5 years ago, but two consecutive first round losses. I think he coaches elsewhere next season. Otherwise, why would he have been a lame duck coach this year?

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