Leave it to longtime Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to put into perspective his move into fifth place on the NBA career coaching victories list.
“It doesn’t mean anything,” he told reporters (via NBA.com), “except that I’ve had good players, and I’ve coached for eons.”
Popovich, who’ll turn 69 later this month, moved out of a tie with friend George Karl by virtue of San Antonio’s 100-91 victory Tuesday over the Knicks.
He now has 1,176 wins (and 518 losses) since 1997, all with Spurs teams that have won five NBA titles and been led by stars such as David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard.
“I don’t remember scoring any points or getting any rebounds,” Popovich deadpanned.
Gregg Popovich on passing George Karl for 5th on the NBA’s all-time coaching wins list: “I don’t remember scoring any points or getting any rebounds” pic.twitter.com/STfNcYHI5g
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Still, according to NBA.com, only former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan registered more victories with one team: 1,223, including playoff wins.
A three-time NBA Coach of the Year, Popovich’s career winning percentage of .694 is fourth among coaches with at least 250 games, behind Steve Kerr (.843), Phil Jackson (.704) and Billy Cunningham (.698).
Most NBA coaching victories
1. Don Nelson, 1,335
2. Lenny Wilkins, 1,332
3. Jerry Sloan, 1,221
4. Pat Riley, 1,210
5. Gregg Popovich, 1,176
6. George Karl, 1,175
7. Phil Jackson, 1,155
8. Larry Brown, 1,098
9. Rick Adelman, 1,042
10. Bill Fitch, 944