By winstonharris on September 2, 2014
The San Antonio Spurs can trace most of their success to the many great players who have come through the Alamo City. Since the majority of the wins have come in the latter years, many of their coaches have been swept of under the rug. Since they haven't been give their due, let's check off the top five coaches in Spurs history.
Bob Bass had four different coaching stints with the Spurs which spanned between 1975 and 1992. He coached the Spurs in both the ABA and the NBA. He will forever be a part of the foundation that the franchise built over the years.
Before Gregg Popovich's reign, Bob Hill was coaching the Spurs in the mid-90s. During his stint, he registered a regular season record of 124 wins and 58 losses. He is only second to Popovich in regular season winning percentage (68.1 percent).
Larry Brown is best known as the coach who bumped heads with Allen Iverson during his time with the Philadelphia 76ers. Brown coached the Spurs from 1989-92 and reached the playoffs in all but one year. The Spurs never got further than Western Conference Semifinals with Brown.
From 1980-83, Stan Albeck was at the helm of the Spurs and led them to three straight Western Conference Finals. His career win total of 166 games has made him a very prominent figure in the team's coaching history.
Gregg Popovich is one of the greatest coaching minds in any sport. With that being said, "Pop" is easily the greatest Spurs coach ever. His five championships, 967 regular season career victories, and a playoff winning percentage of 62 percent is just a little insight into his greatness. With a contract extension and no end in sight, Popovich may very well retire as the greatest coach ever.
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