Gregg Popovich was named as the NBA’s best coach by CBS Sports’ Matt Moore. CBS Sports’ Matt Moore ranked all 30 NBA coaches and San Antonio Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich was named to the top of that list.
Moore ranked the coaches based on perceived X’s and O’s, personality management, motivational ability, and media management. Matt Moore ranked each NBA coach on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best.
It’s not a surprise that Pop was put at the top of the list considering he is very highly regarded in the league. Also, the San Antonio Spurs were just named as the best franchise among the four major sports, finishing first in coaching.
Here’s exactly what Matt Moore had to say on Gregg Popovich, who received a perfect 10:
I mean, come on. I shouldn’t even have to write this paragraph, but I will do it because I am benevolent. Popovich is the best coach in the league. He coaches the best brand of basketball on the planet, a style that other coaches and players marvel at for how beautiful it was. He’s consistent in his message, never lets ego interfere with the team’s mission, rests his stars and has their trust, and he handles the media in such a gruff and brutal way that they love him for it. He is unmatched, not just in the modern NBA, but really across all sports.
Personally, I believe he’s the best NBA coach of all-time. Phil Jackson has the hardware. Gregg Popovich has 15 years of legitimate contention, five titles, and is a three-time coach of the year. He’s got the resume over Jackson and the competition level over Auerbach.
Other notables were Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer, a former San Antonio Spurs assistant, finishing tied for 10th with Terry Stotts and Scott Brooks.
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The top five was rounded out by Rick Carlisle, Doc Rivers, Erik Spoelstra, and Tom Thibodeau in that order.
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