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Report: Gregg Popovich had hip-replacement surgery

Jul 29, 2014, 10:33 PM EDT

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The San Antonio Spurs are getting old.

We’ve heard that sentiment for years, but it’s difficult to find proof.

Tim Duncan plays like he drank from the Fountain of Youth. Manu Ginobili still isn’t ready to give up his summers. Tony Parker (just 32!) is always younger than I remember. And Kawhi Leonard and young supporting crew keep San Antonio spry.

Finally, though, here’s evidence here’s evidence of the Spurs aging.

John Canzano of The Oregonian went on a mission to track down Popovich during his visit to an Oregon vineyard. He didn’t find the Spurs coach, but he dug up an interesting piece of information (emphasis mine):

I did not encounter Popovich in person during his visit. I did find a trail of his appreciation and love for wine after he departed. He dined over the weekend at The Painted Lady in Newberg. Last Sunday evening, for a $750 charity donation, you could have joined a private gathering at Rex Hill that featured Popovich and Rex Hill winemaker Sam Tannahill.

It was a reception and Italian dinner, and probably well worth every penny given that Popovich stood, acknowledging his discomfort from his postseason hip replacement surgery, and said a few words to the crowd about wines. Also, Popovich pledged that he’d match everyone’s donations from the evening.

It often gets overlooked, but coaching is a physical activity. Coaches’ careers outlast players’, but they don’t extend forever. Phil Jackson might still be coaching if not for his heath concerns.

Popovich signed a contract extension this summer, and hopefully he can continue coaching as long as he desires. But like Duncan, Ginobili and Parker, the challenge only becomes greater with time.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    G. Popovich DNP OLD

  2. montrealknowledge - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Diaw is the only one looking his age. So, that only looks like good things for the Spurs.

  3. asimonetti88 - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Philly J coached for 4 years after getting both hips replaced so while it does show that Pop is getting older, he should be able to withhold the rigors of coaching for a few more years.

  4. misremembered72 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Matching EVERYONE’s donations!!!!

    Popovich is a great dude and just an overall OG

  5. apkyletexas - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    My favorite Adam Sandler quote from Big Daddy – when he finds out his girlfriend is sleeping with a senior citizen – “Hey, Old Man River, zip it or I’ll break your hip”.

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