By winstonharris on June 16, 2014
There is much to be said about the man who says few words. Gregg Popovich has not given us much to remember him by other than winning, which he does very well. So well, that some may even call him the greatest coach ever. Well, here are 5 reasons why that assumption may just be true. Let's take a look.
Gregg Popovich has been able to do more with what some may consider "less" than any other coach in history. All the coaching legends have been in a big market with notable talent, but Pop has always been able to bring a player into his system and grow him into an efficient part of the team. This couldn't have been more clear by the bench play in their fifth championship run.
"Pop" is currently ranks among the top 10 all-time in championships, regular season victories, regular season winning percentage, playoff victories and playoff winning percentage. Even though we like to measure success in numerical statistics, the number don't define the greatness that Pop has orchestrated over the years.
It is hard to argue Kawhi Leonard's greatness and his potential. But it is also hard to deny that Gregg Popovich is directly responsible for Leonard's transformation from a quiet rookie to, well a quiet superstar. Winning the NBA Finals was no fluke and it was no coincidence that his coach just happens to be the G.O.A.T.
What we witnessed in the 2014 NBA Finals is something you may never see again by a collective unit. The Spurs' 14.5-point margin of victory was the most in NBA Finals history, they had the highest field-goal percentage in NBA Finals history, and they've won 50 or more games in the last 14 seasons. These remarkable stats just show a glimpse of the kind of coaching and leadership possessed by Popovich.
The history made by Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich is something the NBA, and fans alike must cherish. The greatness exuded by both individuals and the manner in which they conducted their success was just phenomenal. For three decades, this player-coach duo has rewritten the history books and it may not be over yet.
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