Gregg Popovich is one of the most celebrated figures in basketball history, but reaching the pinnacle of your sport doesn't prevent senseless detractors from sharing their absurd opinions. While several talking heads and retired players have questioned his remarkable resume over the years, perhaps no one has been less qualified to belittle the legacy of the 74-year-old playcaller than Rashad McCants.
McCants went out of his way to call Popovich a "bad coach" on an episode of the Gil's Arena podcast earlier this summer, which sent the entire cast into a state of disbelief and left Kenyon Martin heated. Despite getting thoroughly roasted by Gilbert Arenas, Miko Grimes, and Martin, the former Tar Heels standout held his ground and never backed down from his insulting hot take on the Hall of Famer.
What makes this assertion from McCants so laughable is how his career pales in comparison with the legendary head coach. Popovich has a laundry list of untouchable records, respected accolades, and league championships. McCants never made the playoffs during his four seasons in the NBA and was out of the league before his 25th birthday, bouncing around overseas until he landed with the BIG3.
Though making it to the association and becoming a lottery pick is no small feat, McCants hardly has the credentials to disparage an all-timer. Even if we lend credence to the idea that Popovich has been nothing without Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, even mythical coaches like Pat Riley and Phil Jackson struggled to keep their teams afloat in the standings without superstars by their side.
These ridiculous comments prove that suiting up in the NBA doesn't necessarily guarantee you know more about hoops than the average Joe. The San Antonio Spurs formed a dynasty under the guiding hand of Gregg Popovich, and their devout fanbase is more than happy to have him usher in the Victor Wembanyama era.