Popovich has somehow taken even another step into basketball intelligence. He is a sure candidate for the Coach of the Year award every year, and he will probably win it this year. His coaching style has turned his team from being about the star players into a nicely-run system, a well-cogged machine that relies almost equally on the bench and starting lineup.
Six players scored in double-figures as the Spurs defeated Portland Wednesday at the AT&T Center for their eighth… http://t.co/jvzEpz3wQG
— mySanAntonio (@Spurs_Nation) March 13, 2014
Without Duncan, though, there is no Popovich; and the head coach recognizes that.
Nina Mandell of USA TODAY Sports explains his revelation:
Get the No. 1 pick in the draft every 10 years and make sure it’s a franchise player.
Well said, Pop.