At 65 years old, there is at least one reason why San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich could call it a career, especially if his team wins a fifth NBA championship Sunday night. With that being said, Popovich really has no reason other than his age to stop coaching. That is because he continues to be the best in the business and one of the greatest ever.
At this point, the only way he steps away from the game after this season is if his star player, Tim Duncan, decides to retire. Popovich has made it clear that he has always intended to retire at the same time as Duncan. It definitely makes sense considering how much the two have accomplished together. The good news for Spurs fans is that it does not appear Duncan is ready to allow his career come to an end. At the very least, he has one more season left in him.
“I don’t have any plans on doing anything,” Duncan said, according to ESPN. “I’m going to figure it out when it comes. I’m not saying I’m retiring. I’m not saying I’m not retiring. I’m not saying anything. I’m going to figure it out as it goes. I’ve always said if I feel like I’m effective, if I feel like I can contribute, I’ll continue to play. Right now I feel that way, so we’ll see what happens.”
The fact that San Antonio’s Big Three, a group that consists of Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, are on the verge of retiring is why no one could blame Popovich for stepping down as coach. If the Spurs are able to pull off the victory, he will move into third all-time tied with Pat Riley and John Kundla as coaches who have five rings. That alone is an incredible achievement.
On the other hand, San Antonio clearly has a surplus of young talent moving up in the ranks that Popovich can help guide into another string of stellar championship runs. It might take a little bit of time, but Popovich is definitely someone who could ensure that it happens.