Legendary head coach Gregg Popovich could retire soon, which is why the San Antonio Spurs are already preparing for life without the famed tactician.
According to Pull Up Pod host Jordan Schultz, the Spurs have initiated and “extensive search”–both internal and external–to find their next head coach. The team’s expectation is Coach Pop would be retiring within the next one to two years.
Of course given Popovich’s stature as one of the most successful coaches in NBA history, the Spurs know they have to start early to find his replacement.
League sources say the #Spurs are preparing for Gregg Popovich’s retirement within the next 1-2 years. As he begins his 26th HC season, I’m told the organization has initiated an extensive search – both in-house and externally – into finding Pop’s replacement.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) October 16, 2021
Gregg Popovich just needs 26 wins this 2021-22 to become the winningest coach in NBA history, and so if he decides to retire after the end of the campaign, there’s certainly no better way to do that than secure that title. Not that Pop cares about that, but it is undeniably a fitting way to end what has been a truly legendary career that saw him win five NBA titles and produce more terrific coaches under his umbrella.
As for his replacement, there are a number of coaches who are ideal candidates. The first name that comes to mind is Becky Hammon, as she has been a strong contender for several coaching opportunities with the team as well. There have also been talks about former Spurs star Manu Ginobili possibly taking over, though there have been no indication that he’s interested in a head coaching job.
Regardless, it will be tough for the Spurs to find a coach who can continue the tradition and excellence that Coach Pop has nurtured throughout his 25-plus years at the helm.