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Spurs: Popovich's 5 most successful coaching tree proteges

Miguel De Guzman
Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich at the Tokyo Olympics
Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich at the Tokyo Olympics / Tim Clayton - Corbis/GettyImages
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1. Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr played four of the last five years of his NBA career with the Spurs and won two championships with them. His sharpshooting ability was instrumental to the Spurs championship runs when he was a part of the team. Over the years, Steve Kerr has developed a great relationship with Gregg Popovich and the two coaching greats even worked together as coaches for Team USA during the Tokyo Olympics.

The five-time NBA champion started his post playing career as an executive, becoming the Phoenix Suns GM in 2007. He held this position for three years before stepping down in 2010. In 2014, Steve Kerr reached an agreement with the Golden State Warriors to become the team’s next head coach.

During his rookie season as a head coach, he employed a style of play that propelled the Warriors to a league-leading 67 wins. His first season as a head coach culminated with the Warrior’s first championship, making Kerr the first head coach to win an NBA title in his first season with a team since Pat Riley did it in 1982.

Kerr has continued to enjoy great success with the Golden State Warriors. In his eight years with the team, he has won four championships and has won the Coach of the Year award once so far. He was also named as one of the 15 greatest coaches in NBA history and there is no doubt that Kerr will continue to have a great coaching career in the NBA.

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He'll rack up plenty more accolades before he decides to step away from basketball.