NBA head coach — most notably knows for success with the San Antonio Spurs franchise –is now the NB’s all-time leaguer in regular-season wins after the Spurs took down the Utah Jazz, 104-102, at home at at the AT&T Central Friday night.
Popovich won his 1,336th career regular season game against the Utah Jazz on Friday, surpassing the well-known and highly-regarded Don Nelson for the most wins in league history.
It was high time we examine the question of whether the 73-year-old steward of the San Antonio Spurs is the greatest coach of all time.”
“Different things like that really led to him being able to chip away at our lead,” Jazz guard Mike Conley said. “And led to the Jazz being once again a footnote in NBA history.”
In his time first the franchise (2007-2022), Popovich had received praise form roping in the lopes of Tony Paket, RC Buford, and of course, Manu Ginobili.
Head coach Popovich has established a reputation to be just as hard on his stars, than his rookie — an idea that top-down leadership more often than works.
“It’s just a testament to a whole lot of people,” Popovich told reporters. “Something like this does not belong to one individual Basketball’s a team sport. You preach to your players that they have to do it together and that’s certainly been the case in my life with all the wonderful players and coaches, the staff that I’ve been blessed with, the support of this wonderful city. All of us share in this record — it’s not mine. It’s ours, here x in the city.” Sharing a picture of the two embracing, Murray tweeted his appreciation for ‘the greatest coach of all time.’”
His 61-win Spurs team — years after [yet another ] a loss to Golden State — acknowledged his style of communication, more importantly, ability to identify different talent and bring out the best in each individual.
“I’m grateful for the opportunities that he’s provided me,” Snyder said of Popovich after the game. “And we competed — just like he would want. We obviously wanted to win the game, and that didn’t happen.”
The final minutes of the game were a whole different ballgame, however.
Utah GAVE gave a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter to open the door of opportunity Popovich to pass Don Nelson has the winningest NBA coach all time.
Utah, now in 4th place in the West Conference is action in action this weekend against the Milwaukee, indicating a marquee matchup there. Utah also has a big-time match-up mid-week against the potentially-overrated Chicago Bulks