It was a mundane game by any measure in February of 2015, but by coming back to defeat the Indiana Pacers 95-93, the San Antonio Spurs helped Gregg Popovich to win his 1,000th career game as an NBA head coach.
In a career marked by incredible success, Popovich is already considered one of best coaches the league has ever seen. Not only has he continued to win year in and year out, but he’s done it with a single NBA franchise. This is an extremely rare feat. As a matter of fact, so is winning a thousand games. Needless to say, two years later, the winning hasn’t stopped, and Pop has continued his winning ways beyond the retirement of Tim Duncan.Gregg Popovich is among the nine winningest coaches in NBA history. Let’s look at the other eight on the list.
Rick Adelman spent 23 seasons as a head coach in the NBA. During that span, he roamed the sidelines for the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, and Minnesota Timberwolves. Adelman may have never won an NBA Championship, but from 1989-1992, he did lead Portland to two Western Conference Titlesin three seasons.
Larry Brown is one of the most respected basketball coaches of all time. In his time as an NBA head coach from 1977 until 2011, Brown recored a regular season winning percentage of .548, won NBA Coach of the Year (2000-01) with the Philadelphia 76ers, and led the Detroit Pistons to an NBA Championship during the 2003-04 season.
In his 19 seasons as the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich has become one of the most accomplished coaches in the history of the NBA. He has won the NBA Coach of the Year award three times, has a regular season winning percentage of .694, and has led the Spurs to five NBA Championships.He is also the only active coach with over one thousand NBA victories on his already exceptional.