The San Antonio Spurs are the 2014 NBA champs led by head coach Gregg Popovich. Pop secured his fifth NBA title, has a 4-1 record in NBA Finals and cemented his place among the best coaches ever in the NBA.
But when looking at the all-time coaches such as Larry Brown, Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, where does Pop rank? Well according to Shaquille O’Neal, Pop is in the top three.
Via Huffington Post:
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has achieved nearly unprecedented success. Where does he rank on your all-time list?
Shaq credits Pop’s success for taking sub-par players and making them vital cogs in the Spurs’ machine.
It’s the consistency, right? Because he’s done it for so long.
It’s consistency and his ability to get guys that are not really NBA stars but make them play at a level to which they look and perform like stars.
Shaq is right.
From players who were passed up by other teams like Patty Mills, or Danny Green, Pop has taken these players and made them fit a role. He allows them to flourish within their skill set. Nothing more, nothing less.
Pop has done more with less unlike Phil who hunts for teams that are ready made to contend. Brown has done much for the game but has won one title. Then there’s Auerbach and well, Pop will have to coach for a long time to catch up to Red.
What say you Spurs fans? Where does Pop rank among the best coaches of all-time?