Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs have found championship success since the late '90s. Popovich has coached NBA legends such and David Robinson and Tim Duncan. With so many success memories with the franchise, will Popovich's success continue when he decides to walk away from the NBA? Sports Illustrated's Rohan Nadkarni details whether the spurs are built to find success after Gregg Popovich.
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Madelyn Burke: Gregg Popovich has been the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs for twenty-five years, while the five-time NBA champion and three-time coach of the year has seen legends come and go, at some point, the 71-year-old coach will hang them up. So joining me now is SI NBA writer Rohan Nadkarni. Rohan, obviously, this is still a hypothetical here, but what does San Antonio's plan for after Gregg Popovich?
Rohan Nadkarni: That's what they kind of need to figure out right now, right? I mean, I think they were trying to hang on to the 'Pop Era' for as long as possible. And there's no indication that he's planning on leaving anytime soon. But the Spurs are obviously going through a transitional period right now, and not just since Kawhi Leonard left. You saw this season they probably weren't going to make the playoffs for the first time in what feels like 50 years. Things are changing rapidly for the Spurs. And now is the kind of time where they have to think about, do we want to keep Gregg Popovich around if we want to rebuild? These are those kinds of tough questions. They're fun, obviously, to be asking itself there.
What does the next phase look like? Is it another, you know, try to get in the lottery for Tim Duncan type? Do they try to bring back an executive from outside? Do they start clean? There's really just a lot of options for them moving forward. But now is the kind of time when you start thinking of themselves, OK, we need to take a breather and kind of think about what's the future looks like.
Madelyn Burke: One thing's for sure, though, Popovich is a tough act to follow. Leaving big shoes to fill whenever he does move on. Rohan Nadkarni. Thanks so much for the insight.