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Gregg Popovich’s future in San Antonio is unclear beyond 2022

CLEVELAND, OHIO - MARCH 08: Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs watches the scoreboard during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on March 08, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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This year may very well mark the end of the road for Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs. His eventual retirement has long been rumored over the past few seasons. However, with each passing year, the idea reaches closer to becoming a reality. NBA insider Zach Lowe expands further on the subject.

“No one is sure if Popovich will coach beyond this season, but several sources who know him cautioned in recent weeks that it would not surprise them if he returned for 2022-23. Popovich is 26 wins from Don Nelson’s all-time record, but he is not running out the string just to claim it.”

Zach Lowe

With his leave from the organization seeming imminent, the Spurs will have to keep an eye out for the heir apparent. Some potential candidates mentioned by Lowe include Becky Hammon, Will Hardy, Brett Brown, and Manu Ginobili. While they deliberate for who takes over, the team will set their focus on the upcoming NBA season.

Gregg Popovich in San Antonio

Undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in league history, Gregg Popovich, has led the Spurs to dynastic successes. With five championship victories between 1999 and 2014, he has set the bar for coaches throughout the NBA for generations to come. Under his leadership, San Antonio accomplished a 22-year playoff streak from 1998 to 2019.

Many figured that he would call it quits soon after Tim Duncan’s retirement in 2016. In the following seasons, the Spurs lost Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and even Kawhi Leonard. Despite these losses, Popovich has remained with the team. And from the looks of it, he will oversee at least the start of this new phase of Spurs basketball.

Entering the 2021-22 season, San Antonio will likely project towards the bottom of the standings. Although considering the man in charge, it would be irresponsible for us to dismiss them so soon.

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