Everybody in the NBA community knows that Gregg Popovich is one of the most respected and accomplished coaches in history. Well, he just went ahead and broke another milestone. After the San Antonio Spurs recent game, Popovich became the first person to ever coach 2,000 NBA games with the same team. The Spurs went ahead and sealed the night with a two-point victory over the Boston Celtics.
The media asked him about how he felt about breaking the milestone and if it happened to mean anything to him. His response was, “No, it means I’m old, been at the same place for a long time, worked with a lot of great players, blah, blah, blah.”
Gregg Popovich’s Record During This Span
Out of those 2,000 games, Popovich has been able to coach his squad to an overall record of 1,325-675. These games were played over the course of 26 hard fought seasons. Among that stretch, Gregg Popovich led them to five NBA Championships and six Western Conference titles. San Antonio also happened to make the playoffs in 22 straight seasons with Popovich leading the charge.
In terms of games coached in history, not just with one team, Popovich moved up to sixth place. If you happened to be wondering who has coached the most games in history, that record belongs to Lenny Wilkens. Wilkens was with six different teams throughout his coaching career. He even won the NBA Championship while he was with the Seattle SuperSonics.
What’s Next for Popovich?
If Popovich and the Spurs can stay on pace this season, he can break another milestone. He needs just 11 more victories in order to pass Don Nelson for the most wins by an NBA head coach all-time.
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