The Spurs have been so good for so long that it sometimes gets hard to keep track.
So there was coach Gregg Popovich, at the team’s championship parade in San Antonio on Wednesday, jokingly trying to remember how many rings he’s pulled in over the years. “One, two, three, oh — four, OH –five,” he appeared to be saying, in a scene that was just a little bit reminiscent of Lebron James’ famous “Not one, not two, not three” comments made at the Heat’s “Big 3″ welcome rally in 2010.
The often surly Popovich has every reason to let loose, after his Spurs unseated the back-to-back champion Heat in five games to win the 2014 Finals on Sunday.
Popovich, 65, has indeed won five titles since taking over as coach of the Spurs in 1996, winning rings in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. A three-time Coach of the Year, Popovich joins Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, John Kundla and Pat Riley as the only coaches to win at least five championships during their careers.
Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, 22, graced the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated after becoming one of the youngest players in league history to be named Finals MVP.
SI.com’s Rob Mahoney broke down what’s to come this offseason for the Spurs. Popovich said before Game 5 of the Finals that he would like to continue coaching next season.