NBA Twitter expresses their disappointment with Gregg Popovich’s latest five-year extension with the Spurs

Popovich, NBA's winningest coach, commits to A 5-year contract extension as coach and president of the San Antonio Spurs

NBA Twitter expresses their disappointment with Gregg Popovich’s latest five-year extension with the Spurs

Gregg Popovich (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

The San Antonio Spurs have officially announced that Gregg Popovich, the President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach, has committed to a 5-year contract extension. Having assumed the role of head coach in 1996, Popovich has been instrumental in leading the team to five championships, earning the prestigious title of NBA Coach of the Year three times, and guiding the USA basketball team to a gold medal victory in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

With an impressive record of 1366 wins, Popovich has secured his place as the winningest coach in NBA history, standing alongside renowned coaches Phil Jackson and Pat Riley in the top three for the most playoff wins. Notably, Popovich holds the distinction of being the longest-tenured coach with the same team in any major sport.

Known for his strategic prowess, Popovich has mastered an offensive style that emphasizes the importance of players making an extra pass to create open-shot opportunities.

The effectiveness of Gregg Popovich’s offensive system was so profound that numerous teams sought out players who had experienced it firsthand, leading to a trend of hiring former players from Popovich’s system as coaches. This strategy has yielded remarkable success, with notable coaches such as Steve Kerr, Ime Udoka, Taylor Jenkins, Monty Williams, and Doc Rivers, among others, making their mark in the coaching realm.

Furthermore, Popovich’s coaching tenure has been marked by guiding legendary players like David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, who are widely regarded as some of the greatest players of all time.

Twitter reacts to Gregg Popovich signing the extension

There was speculation 2022-23 might be Popovich’s last season. Nebulous quotes and his election into the Basketball Hall of Fame fueled that talk.

Gregg Popovich signed a 5 year extension with Spurs
Gregg Popvich (via Bloomberg)

However, he put an end to all speculations by signing a new hefty contract. Many Twitter users expressed their opinions of Pop signing the extension, and they weren’t positive. Here are a few of them:

The uncertainty surrounding Gregg Popovich’s future with the Spurs, whether he would retire after an illustrious career or continue coaching, was prevalent before the NBA draft. However, the team’s selection of Victor Wembanyama, a highly regarded generational prospect, combined with Popovich’s track record of developing big men into all-time greats, made it an obvious decision for him to return and coach the French phenom.

It will be interesting to see what lies ahead for Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs, particularly with the addition of Victor Wembanyama to the team.

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