The San Antonio Spurs have set the standard for what it means to be a winning organization not only in the NBA but also in sports. And most of that is owed to one man and one man only: Gregg Popovich.
Popovich, besides his great mind for the game, has also built a culture within the organization. They do things in certain ways, they take care of their players in ways not many other franchises do, and it just feels like they make them feel part of a family.
That's one of the many reasons why Popo has been in charge of the team for so long. And even if the Spurs aren't the same dynasty they used to be, you can't help but take your hat off to him.
That's exactly what Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone did last night, going as far as to say that he'll go down as the greatest coach in NBA history:
"For him to be as engaged and as locked in and as committed as he is at this juncture of his journey, his career, his life is remarkable. I think I speak for most people that he will go down as the greatest coach in NBA history," Malone said following his team's narrow win over the Spurs, according to Tom Osborn of San Antonio Express-News.
Popovich surely has strong competition for 'The GOAT' distinction, with Phil Jackson and Red Auerbach among its main rivals.
Thus far, Pop has shown no signs of wanting to leave his job and call it a career after 25 years at the helm of the San Antonio Spurs but once it's all said and done, not many people would argue that he's a top-3 coach ever at worst.