Gregg Popovich
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"As coach:"

* 5× List of NBA champions/NBA champion

* 3× NBA Coach of the Year Award/NBA Coach of the Year (, , )

* 6× Western Conference (NBA)#Conference champions/Western Conference champion (, , , , , )

* 3× List of NBA All-Star Game head coaches/All-Star Game head coach (, , )


"Gregg Charles Popovich" (born January 28, 1949) is an American basketball coach (sport)/coach who is currently the head coach of the National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs. Taking over as coach of the Spurs in 1996, Popovich is the longest tenured active coach in both the NBA and all Major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada/US major sports leagues. He is often referred to as "Coach Pop" or simply "Pop". He holds the record for most consecutive winning seasons in NBA history at 17. Popovich has won five NBA championships as the head coach of the Spurs. He is one of only five coaches in NBA history to win five or more NBA championships. Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, Pat Riley, and John Kundla are the other coaches.

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I asked them if it wasn't too much trouble, if I wasn't being too pushy, if they could execute what we were trying to do. And if it didn't make them too angry, if they also wanted to play some defense on the other end, that would be great.

The more I watched him play, the more film I watched, the more I realized there was going to be a hell of a lot more good doing it his way than my way. And at the beginning of this season, we made the commitment that we're going to eat a couple of turnovers, or we're going to eat a bad shot here and there, and we're going to see where it goes. And this is where it's gone.

I have no idea. That's a subjective sort of situation. . . . I just know we started out poorly and we got better as the game went along.

That was the difference in the game. I don't think we did anything different to separate ourselves.

Timmy, he's the beginning of it. He doesn't have to be the end all the time now.

He's been fantastic through the end of the season and through the playoffs. We would not be here without him.

We didn't send mariachi bands or birthday cards or breakfast in bed.

He's always energized. Seriously. There's not one thing that makes him get going and makes him step it up a level. He plays at that pace all the time.