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Gregg Popovich agrees to extension with Spurs, likely stays past Tim Duncan era

Jul 9, 2014, 6:40 PM EDT

Gregg Popovich AP

A few years back Gregg Popovich used to joke that when Tim Duncan decided to stroll off into the sunset he was going to do the same — he joked he looked brilliant while coaching Duncan.

However, at the Finals this year Popovich hinted more than once that he was having too much fun and was not yet ready to walk away.

That became evident Wednesday when the Spurs announced a multi-year agreement to keep Popovich as coach, the team announced. The two-sentence press release was something Popovich himself might have written.

No details were released and coach salaries are not made public, but Popovich is believed to make $6 million a season. He also has player personnel power, something shared with GM R.C. Buford. It was rumored this would be a 4-5 year extension, but that is only rumor.

What this really says is that Popovich wants to be in place to help the Spurs transition from the Duncan/Tony Parker/Manu Ginobili era to the Kawhi Leonard era. (Parker could be part of that transition, he is just 32 years old.)

But that is then, next season the Spurs are bringing all the key pieces back from the team that just won the NBA title (plus have a mid-level exception to add more talent). They are the team to beat and nobody can get as much out of them as Popovich, the best coach in the game today and one of the greats to ever coach the game.

  1. robigd - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Amongst all the free agent talk, its nice to see an article involving the best team in the NBA and 5 time champs.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Best team in the West is still a healthy OKC. It’s been that way for three years. Now, they just need to stay healthy…

      • kingballer99 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        I guess your definition of the best doesn’t necessarily translate into the Larry O’Brien trophy, got it. Then you can keep the “best”, we’ll take the trophy.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        Healthy OKC is better than the Spurs. Sorry to hurt your feel bads.

      • robigd - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        Do you believe the crap that comes out of your fingertips? They beat OKC on their home floor on their way to mopping the Heat.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        If Westbrook doesn’t miss 36 games, OKC has the #1 seed. And if Ibaka doesn’t miss the first two games of their series, SAS probably doesn’t get past them.

        So… sorry to hurt your feelings but it’s not me that’s hurting you, it’s the truth.

      • robigd - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        When you use the word “probably”, you invalidate what you previously stated as a fact.
        If my memory serves me correctly, the best PG in the NBA didn’t even play the 2nd half of the closeout game.

        Why would my feelings be hurt? I get to watch a ring ceremony for my favorite team in 3 months.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        Ok, well then remove probably. Any other issues?

        And your feelings are hurt because you know what I’m saying is true.

      • robigd - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        So, you are going to ignore the fact that Parker didn’t play the entire 2nd half and Patty Mills made OKC look like an 8th seed, and yet you are really convinced they are the best in the West?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        Oh, you said the best PG in the NBA so I didn’t know you were talking about Parker.

        Are you going to ignore the fact that you didn’t want to see OKC in the WCF and were sweating bullets when they tired the series 2-2?

        The Mavs took the Spurs to 7. Healthy OKC beats SAS in 6.

      • robigd - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        I don’t recall saying OKC wasn’t good. Every team the Spurs beat on their way to routing Miami probably could have given the Heat a run for their money in the finals.

        West is best, that’s why LeBron won’t join it.

        By the way, your argument sounds as ridiculous as someone saying SF is better than Seattle in March. Think about it…

      • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        Let’s see if the West can win more than one title in the row. As of right now LeBron’s team has been the best and most consistent team over the last 4 years. The West had San Antonio and Dallas, but when one was up the other was down.

        In fact, if my memory serves me well, when Miami was battling Dallas in the Finals, the Spurs lost in the first round like a bunch of 61 win pretender chumps.

      • peralez2383 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        the floater is back…time to flush again

      • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        Talking about yourself? I’ve been here the whole time.

      • robigd - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        Tune in for the ceremony. I expect the 5th ring to be a nice looking one.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        It will be boring like all the other Spurs rings.

      • robigd - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        anti, for the record, Popovich being the superior coach in the OKC series (and NBA in general) figured out how to neutralize Ibaka with Diaw/Bonner and making him defend away from the basket, so if he had played the 1st 2 games, it would have happened sooner and it would have been the same result.

        Don’t kid yourself, as long as OKC keeps playing hero ball, they will always play 2nd fiddle to the champs.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Well he had a heck of a time being a superior coach in 2012.

        All things being equal (that includes health), OKC is a better team.

    • funktron2x - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      The only thing here that’s “the truth” in this ridiculous display of peeing in the wind is that antistratfordian breaking completely with reality in an attempt to ignore being flat-out wrong. He’s attempting vainly to grasp at the straws of what used to be and what might have been with nothing but the illusion of ifs, buts and hypotheticals. 2013-14 is over, and this time the Spurs are the best. Pathetic is too kind a word to describe the continued ineffectual flailing. Get up off the turf, kid, dust yourself off – and then piece together whatever dignity you have left for the next go round in 2014-15.

      • robigd - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        Couldn’t have said it better myself. Bravo. Bravo.

  2. kb2408 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Timmy and Boris quietly re-upped. Now Pop. Meanwhile, in Miami and New York the circus is in town!!

  3. antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    That’s smart. FAs wouldn’t want to sign with SAS if they think Pop is leaving soon. Yes, he can retire whenever he wants, but now this makes it seem like it won’t be happening for a while.

    • robigd - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      Really, so 2 of their critical pieces to winning their 5th title re-signed before Pop ever re-signed.

      Wrong, again.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        Stop it. Clearly I meant FAs coming from other teams. Why would, say, Pau Gasol go to San Antonio if he was uncertain about Pop’s future? That sort of thing.

  4. therealhtj - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Definitely impressive how they handle their business.

    I wonder how they can convince Kawhi to take less than max money on his first real payday opportunity. That’ll be interesting to say the least.

    Still don’t think they can keep it rolling after Timmy retires.

    • kb2408 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      They’ve had it rolling for a decade and a half, are they supposed to keep it rolling forever?! All good things eventually come to an end but what the a Spurs have accomplished has been remarkable. And I don’t think it’s quite over yet. Especially if they sign Pau, who happens to be a great compliment to Timmy. Put Pau in Tiago’s spot and I don’t see how any team beats the Spurs.

  5. bucrightoff - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    He’s looking forward to the next challenge: Reshaping the team with Kawhi as the centerpiece.

    • therealhtj - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Kawhi’s a nice complimentary piece. As a centerpiece, not so much.

      • robigd - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        Why not?

  6. campcouch - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    This is how you maintain stability. 20 straight years of being in the playoffs. Wow.

  7. peralez2383 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    So nice to hear he will be there for the younger players, at least for a little while. GO SPURS GO

  8. lakerade - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    Quiet re-uppings and extensions aside, I still think drafting Kyle Anderson is going to pay off big time, possibly even this season in Pop’s time managing rotations. Meanwhile, LeBron can get excited about Napier… or Wiggins!

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