Gregg Popovich is one of the greatest coaches in the history of basketball, no doubt about it. The veteran has enjoyed a terrific career with the San Antonio Spurs, winning 5 championships, having several appearances in the playoffs among other accolades.
Pop is now 70, so it is also a known fact that he will be hanging it up sooner rather than later. According to Frank Isola of The Athletic, we could be watching the last moments of Popovich as a coach, as there is currently some belief that he intends to retire after the 2020 Olympics.
The head coach we spoke to is confident that Hammon remains in line to become the league’s first female head coach but not necessarily with the Spurs. There is a belief that Popovich may step down after he coaches the U.S. national team at the Tokyo Olympics next summer. Hammon will be under consideration for the job and with San Antonio closer to rebuilding than contending she could grow with the team. The other theory is that the Spurs would look to hire someone – male or female – with previous head coaching experience.
Here they talk about Becky Hammon as a potential replacement for Popovich, which increases rumors about his retirement next summer. Coach Pop is currently on his 23rd season with the Spurs, and during this time, he has pretty much done it all.
Popovich has reached the maximum glory of the sport five times, leading San Antonio to NBA titles in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and most recently, in 2014.
With the 2020 Olympics set to take place between July and August of next year, that means we could be watching Popovich’s last season in the NBA.