The newest San Antonio Spurs rumors indicate that the Brooklyn Nets are preparing a “Godfather offer” for Gregg Popovich this offseason.
It’s not often that we hear San Antonio Spurs rumors and when we do, they’re not usually about the team itself. That came to fruition earlier today when host Gerald Brown of “Let’s Get Technical,” a podcast starring Rasheed Wallace and Bonzi Wells, brought up the Brooklyn Nets’ plans for their vacant head coaching position.
Shoutout to former Air Alamo staffer Josh Paredes for bringing this to our attention. Check out his satirical site, San Antonio Spurned for some fun, light-hearted commentary on the team.
“There’s a story going around that the owner of the Brooklyn Nets is looking to make a ‘Godfather offer’ to Gregg Popovich, and when I say the Godfather, I mean ‘something he can’t refuse,'” Brown said.
This all makes a great deal of sense, though the legitimacy of it all can be questioned. Brooklyn has built a respected organization based on lessons learned from Spurs basketball. The lead-man in charge of this change is general manager Sean Marks, who spent a large chunk of his NBA career as a player, coach and executive in San Antonio. He’s openly remarked on all that he’s drawn from the Spurs’ culture and now, he’d like to bring in the mastermind himself.
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Can you really blame him? Popovich is the winningest coach of all-time when you combined the regular season and playoffs and has a track record of leading this organization to the postseason for 22 consecutive years. Now that Brooklyn has an All-NBA tandem with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, they need a coach who can lead them to the promised land and Pop fits the bill.
However, it’s hard to picture Popovich leaving the River City. He’s planted his roots in San Antonio and most people move out of New York City after they hit retirement age, not into it. That’d be a massive undertaking for someone whose been speculated to retire more often than he’s been to change teams in the last 10 years. With that said, coaching those two guys with a chance for one last ring could be enticing enough to draw Coach Pop to Brooklyn for a year.
A “Godfather offer” for a player would be a massive trade package, so for a coach, it must be money and opportunity. Brooklyn’s new majority owner, Joseph Tsai, isn’t afraid to dole out cash for the love of the game, but it’ll be hard to top what he’s already got in San Antonio.
We’ll see how this develops, but keep it in the back of your minds that other teams will still be vying for Pop as he reaches the end of his NBA coaching career.