2. The win to secure a play-in spot
I wanted to put Murray making his first All-Star game at number two, but I enjoyed this particular win more. During the latter half of the NBA season, teams were giving their all to get a spot in the NBA Play-In Tournament.
With only four games left, the Spurs were in a race against the Los Angeles Lakers for the 10th seed. They faced the Denver Nuggets and the reigning MVP, Nikola Jokic. When I saw the schedule for the Spurs, I thought the play-in hopes were gone. However, despite the MVP’s efforts, the Spurs were able to seal the win and take their play-in spot.
The other thing that got me pumped up for this win was it eventually led to the Spurs eliminating the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s satisfying to see an arrogant team get humbled by a group of young, talented players.
1. Coach Gregg Popovich's win record
There's no doubt that Coach Gregg Popovich is one of the greatest coaches ever in the NBA. Beyond his record, he's also stayed with one franchise his entire coaching career and won titles through a team-oriented system.
On March 11th, 2022, Gregg Popovich made history. With 1,336 wins, he became the winningest coach in the NBA, passing Don Nelson. What’s more impressive is he won all of those games with the San Antonio Spurs. Being a coach that speaks highly of teamwork and humility, he is truly deserving of this kind of success.
Pop’s system has become a standard in today’s NBA with his focus on getting everyone involved and shaping legends in the players he coaches. The Spurs way is Pop’s way. And when he does decide to retire, there will be no one like him. He truly is one of a kind.