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Who Takes Over the San Antonio Spurs After Popovich Retires?

Jonah Kubicek
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Conspiracy Theory Time

While this might seem far-fetched, I fully believe this to be the direction the San Antonio Spurs take when Popovich leaves. This candidate has no NBA head coaching experience, has not played since 1994, and never played on the Spurs, but will be the Spurs’ next head coach.

The San Antonio Spurs will announce Detroit Bad Boy Bill Laimbeer as their next head coach.

Laimbeer was a four-time NBA All-Star, won two championships, and was one of the hardest-hitting defensive players and rebounders of his era. His playstyle fits in very well with the current Spurs roster. Score in the midrange, fight for rebounds, and outhustle the other team on both ends of the floor. 

His coaching accolades back it up as well. It’s been no secret that Laimbeer wants to coach in the NBA, but so far, he’s only ever spent four seasons as an assistant for some horrible Timberwolves teams from 2009-12. Simply put, he has little to no valuable NBA experience. 

So why would the Spurs want him? Well, he won the WNBA Finals in 2003, 2006, and 2008. He made the WNBA Finals in 2007 and 2020 but lost. He has amassed a 306-215 record as head coach of the Detroit Shock, New York Liberty, and Las Vegas Aces. He’s missed the playoffs only four times in 16 seasons. He is one of the best coaches in WNBA history. 

So why can’t he just keep coaching for the Aces? Las Vegas has decided to move on and hire Becky Hammon, a franchise legend. Laimbeer will allegedly stay with the franchise in a “different role,” but that could mean anything.

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Laimbeer has established himself as an excellent coach. Sure, he’s had issues from his playing days to his coaching days, but for the most part, he's been the model winner in a league that is just as competitive as the NBA. If the Spurs don’t hire in-house, Bad Boy Bill Laimbeer might shock everyone and move down south.

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