San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is the longest tenured coach in any major US sports league, and the team has all the best reasons of keeping him. He is tied with Pat Riley with 19 consecutive winning seasons. He has five NBA championships added to his resume.
The best thing about Gregg Popovich and the Spurs’ style of basketball is that they always make it to a point to stick to the basics of the game. Even with Tim Duncan retired, or at times when they lacked enough individual talent in the team, they’ve always showed up and put up a real good fight.
LeBron James battled against the Spurs and Gregg Popovich. He also played under his guidance in the 2004 Olympics. If one asks LeBron James, he’ll say Popovich is simply the best coach of all-time.
“I think he’s the greatest coach of all time. You have to be sharp, mentally and physically, when you go against his ball club. If you were an NFL player, it’s probably the same as going against a [New England Patriots-coached Bill] Belichick team,” LeBron James said according to GMS.
LeBron James has been studying him for some time, and hopes to play again in the 2020 Olympics with coach Pop. James added, “What they’re going to do, they’re going to do and you have to try to figure it out.”
Gregg Popovich slams Donald Trump
As a coach for decades, it’s safe to say Popovich has more patience than most of us. He must have dealt with all kinds of athletes with all types of personalities, some harder to deal with than others. But if US president Donald Trump was an athlete, he’d probably never sign him. He’s been outspoken of Donald Trump since the campaign period, but like many Americans he still has hope that Donald Trump could change while on the job.
Gregg Popovich criticized Donald Trump for being divisive in his approach. Instead of being inclusive, his policy outlook pushes people out. And he’s tired of him being full of himself, and not on the cause and the people he serves.
When Donald Trump visited the CIA headquarters for the first time, Gregg Popovich said, “Instead of honoring the 117 people behind him where he was speaking, he talked about the size of the crowd. That’s worrisome. I’d just feel better if somebody was in that position that showed the maturity and psychological and emotional level of somebody that was his age. It’s dangerous and it doesn’t do us any good. I hope he does a great job, but there’s a difference between respecting the office of the presidency and who occupies it.”
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