Gregg Popovich is 72 years old and on track to become the NBA coach with the most wins ever, a gold medalist, and a five-time champion. He is the greatest coach to spend his entire career with a single team in the history of American sports. The San Antonio Spurs are lucky to have him, although the franchise is looking at possibly his last season at the helm of SA basketball.
While there have been no confirmed reports, all logic suggests that Popovich will announce his retirement at the end of the season, or, at the very least, stick around for only a couple more seasons.
Since joining the NBA in 1976, the Spurs have had 13 head coaches. Popovich has been there longer than the other 12 combined. He has been the Spurs’ identity since the mid-90s, and many fans don’t remember anyone other than him pacing the sidelines.
As the consistent model of NBA excellence, the San Antonio Spurs will probably have their pick of the litter when the time comes to hire a new head coach. Becky Hammon looked like the successor to Pop’s crown, but she has since taken a well-deserved head coaching job with the Las Vegas Aces. This leaves the spot even more vacant.
There are plenty of good, realistic options, and even more bad options, but it’s safe to say the Spurs will not be limited to an inside hire. From former coaches to players with no experience, fans have to look at the future and see who the next general will be.
Let's take a look at options, starting with some familiar faces.