As a longtime diehard San Antonio Spurs fan, it was normally easy to dismiss any kind of critical talk from other NBA fans during the regular season by simply replying with “talk to me in April,” being that this was when the playoffs would normally begin. It seems that times have changed.
Now, the five-time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs, led by legendary coach Gregg Popovich, have missed the playoffs for the second year in a row. The Spurs are at home, watching the playoffs from afar as the league enters the second round of playoff action.
Given some of the rumors revolving around the Spurs making a serious offer for John Collins, the Atlanta Hawks have been an interest of mine thus far in the playoffs. I see guys like John Collins and Trae Young and can’t help but entertain the thought of Dejounte Murray and Lonnie Walker becoming a similar tag team. Is the supporting cast holding them back? Is it because the Hawks look better in a weaker Eastern Conference?
Could, perhaps, it be that the Spurs need to make a change at the head coaching position?
Answering this question means attempting to answer a loaded question. In fact, I am torn on the answer myself as I write this, and I would be willing to bet that there are quite a few others in the vast Spurs fanbase who feel the same. After all, the Spurs have not had to deal with hiring a new head coach since 1996 when Coach Pop entered the arena.
Here, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of Popovich returning to coach an increasingly younger and less experienced San Antonio Spurs team.