Gregg Popovich

Short bio: 

Gregg Charles Popovich (born January 28, 1949) is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Taking over as coach of the Spurs in 1996, Popovich is the longest tenured active coach in both the NBA and all US major sports leagues. He is often referred to as "Coach Pop" or simply "Pop". He holds the record for most consecutive winning seasons (playoffs included) in NBA history at 18, and third all time for the regular season, behind Pat Riley with 19, and Phil Jackson with 20. Popovich has won five NBA championships as the head coach of the Spurs. Along with Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, Pat Riley, and John Kundla, he is one of only five coaches in NBA history to win five or more NBA championships. He is also one of 9 coaches in NBA history to have won 1,000 NBA games. Achievements such as these are what garnered him recognition as one of the greatest basketball head coaches of all time.

Championships: 

NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)

Contact:Mailing: 

San Antonio Spurs
One AT&T Center
San Antonio, TX 78219

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JW's picture
Submitted by JW (not verified) on

Coach Popavich is just one more celebrity who apparently feels that he's morally superior and therefore has the right to criticize the President publicly. He's a great coach, but I wish that he'd limit his public remarks to basketball. Most of us aren't interested in his political and morality play commentary.

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Submitted by Ricardo G Perez (not verified) on

Gregg Popovich
I feel how weak and fruitless must any word of mine be, which would attempt to beguile you from the understanding with which I will attempt to honor your dedicated coaching of My San Antonio Spurs.
In the beginning, I didn't understand you. When you Assisted under Donnie Nelson at Golden State, I learned to Applaud you, When you Assisted under Larry Brown, I learned to Cheer for you, when you took over for Coach Hill, I learned to Respect you, and when you won your First Championship I Learned to immortalize you. I now cannot see the San Antonio Spurs without you. I now have learned to Love you. I don't know you, but you have earned my Applause, my Cheers, my Respect, and my everlasting Love and Admiration. You have been the BEST coach that I have ever had the pleasure of watching. I wanted to thank you for helping me become a better fan of the NBA and for making me a true fan of basketball. You were an integral part of me wanting to learn how beautiful the game of basketball can be, and I am a better fan because of it. I will always remember the first year of you coaching and I hope you will continue be the coach of My San Antonio Spurs, because I cannot imagine watching a game without you Coaching My Beloved Spurs. Thanks for Coaching the Greatest NBA Team, for this I can only offer my tender and sincrest thanks. I hope you continue to coach the Spurs again and again for many seasons to come. Thank You Gregg Popovich.

With Much Admiration and Respect,
Ricardo G. perez

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Submitted by John (not verified) on

Dear Mr. Popovich:
I heard the comments you made about President Trump. I appreciate that you have said you will try to respond to a good bit of them. I would say I am shocked except very little shocks me today.
But ‘soulless coward’? Wow. I believe this was in response to Trumps supposed reaction to the soldiers deaths in Niger? How is he supposed to react? Unfortunately, he has to deal with tough decisions and death every day. I have always said, and have seen people do it; a person can make Mother Teresa look bad on any given day. They can do it about any President also.
So, let’s try to be as fair as possible, understanding we cannot quantify emotion, but we can at least compare. What about President Obama’s reaction to some of the mass murders, of the terrorist actions? Holy heck, he was about as even keeled as I have ever seen anybody. There was no passion at all in some of his speeches. But yet, he was considered dignified.
Is Trump a blowhard? I think he is. Has he been, let’s just say it, a pig with women? I think he has.
But if you recall in the debates, and I still see it now, he was outraged at Christians having their heads chopped off (I think that was part of the reason he got in the race). Yes, he has a huge ego (many of us do, don’t we?) but I think he entered the race because of his passion to do right by this country.
Yeah, he has said some things about others that he should not have. Maybe part of it is that he is defensive because of an unbelievable media that will not say anything nice about him, and frame anything he or his family does in a negative way. The media might as well be the devil.
Yes, Trump is brash, but I think much of it (at least since his Presidency) is due to him wanting to do good. Perhaps his brashness is what our country needs, and we take the good with the bad with him.
Our country is heading the way Rome went in 476 A.D. He wants to stop that. He can be a blowhard, but again, "soulless bastard" was totally uncalled for, and unbecoming somebody with your stature.
I think you owe him and his family an apology.
Sincerely,
John Grenci

Jboneezer's picture
Submitted by Jboneezer (not verified) on

Wow, John.....refreshing!

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Submitted by Denny joyce (not verified) on

Greg. I totally agree with everything you have said about president trump. I actually changed from an independent to a republican so I could vote against him in the primary election. He is without a doubt a total embarrassment to the majority of Americans. I know quite a few people who voted for him are now saying they made a mistake. Keep you freedom of speech going just like trump and his blowhard supporters do. We have the right to our opinion too, our opinion will be on full display at every election from now till the next presidential one. Trump is taking down the entire republican party with him.

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Submitted by Malcolm Hein (not verified) on

I pride myself on the ability to articulate my thoughts and observations, and I do so frequently for a local newspaper's op-ed page. However, after reading Coach Popovich's take-down of Trump, I was envious. Trump's ignorance, his narcissism, his undignified hubris and bully schoolboy behavior need continuous exposure to the light of day. No more excuses such as "That's just the way he is." "Just the way he is" is the problem. No more "Look at what he's done in one year." He's taken credit for everything and done nothing.

Yes, Trump needs to be taken down. He needs to be lanced like the boil on the butt of time that he is. There is not a thing presidential about him. He makes Nixon and Clinton look like Mother Goose and the Tooth Fairy. Don't stop telling it like it is, Coach P. Trump has the presiential pulpit. We've got you and need more like you. Finally, "Go, Spurs!" (That's a lot coming from a dyed in the wool Celtics fan.)

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Submitted by Jboneezer (not verified) on

Ummm, don’t flatter yourself, snowflake.

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Submitted by Larry Williams (not verified) on

Coach,

Why don't you stay out of the political arena? You insult half the country while you make your ridiculous liberal statements about President Trump and conservative ideas. What makes you think we are interested in any of your wacky ideas? Just another unhinged liberal promoting ideas that have and will ruin the country. Stick to basketball you idiot!

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Submitted by Greg Traylor (not verified) on

It is obvious that I am more learned than you when it comes to our history, our Constitution, and our rights as US citizens. It has already been proven that stricter gun laws do not solve anything. In fact, the states with the toughest gun laws have shown an increase in crimes. Criminals do not respect our rights as citizens and shall always illegally have guns. What can reassessing the 2nd Amendment do against criminals?

Gary Talarico's picture
Submitted by Gary Talarico (not verified) on

Please keep to coaching your overpaid NBA players and don’t bother everyday Americans with your unAmerican views on the 2nd Amend. Just because you make $6,000,000./yr Which is $115,384 a week doesn’t make it ok to bluster about Americans rights. You are out of touch with the reality of the fans lives. I’m really fearful if your team goes on a losing streak, you’ll probably want to take away our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness as well!

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Submitted by Stephen Bentley (not verified) on

The Second Amendment holds the second place in the line of amendments due to it's importance. It was put in the Constitution in order to insure that the citizenry of this country would have a means to protect themselves from takeover by a tyranical government. One only has to look at how the left has taken over the First Amendment to see that the possibility of a tyranical takeover of this country is indeed possible.

With that thought in mind, exactly how much chance does a group of people armed with AR-15's and 30 round magazines have when facing an M-1 Abrams battle tank? Not much but if enough of us have the ability to stand up, even as under-armed as we might be, maybe we could save our Republic. History has shown that once a civilian populace had been disarmed huge numbers of "dissidents" were rounded up and executed.

This is the TRUE meaning and reason for the SECOND Amendment in order of importance.

Stephen Ladd's picture
Submitted by Stephen Ladd (not verified) on

Seems like Gregg Popovich was a much better coach when he was focused on coaching and not trying to dictate morality based on his views which are much different than a majority of Americans!

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Submitted by jeff strenk (not verified) on

Hi Pop, Please run for president! We need someone with your wisdom, courage, candor, and ability to lead people to action to get this country back on a prosperous, inclusive path. Your imprint on basketball is forever cemented as a true great. There is a higher calling now...serving your country (again)!

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Submitted by Ray Gracia (not verified) on

Entertainers + politics = crap
Trash bin with all my Spurs gear 2018
Shut your pie hole and coach, just coach.

Jboneezer's picture
Submitted by Jboneezer (not verified) on

When will any of you people that are in the public eye learn your lesson? Why in the world would you want to alienate half of your fans with political talk and hurt the support of your team? It’s not all about you and your political views, as your comments have also affected your players. And to you and all the others in the public eye: NO ONE GIVES A FLYING F WHAT YOU THINK!

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Submitted by George Homer (not verified) on

Popovich........SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!!!!!!!

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Submitted by Boo Choate (not verified) on

Your candor, constructive criticism and courage in the face of harsh criticism is much appreciated. This is a country where for centuries we have been able to voice our views without edit or censorship. Know you are admired for your principles and code of ethics in the face of emotional vitriol. Many, many stand with you.

Mr. DeLuca's picture
Submitted by Mr. DeLuca (not verified) on

I'm surprised you made the comments you did regarding the sitting President. I was a basketball fan years ago and lost interest in the sport for various ethical reasons. However, my son-in-law was a long time fan of the Spurs and encouraged me to watch your team because of your leadership and moral compass. So, I did. I saw the respect the players gave to you and the discipline you demanded from them. Watching the greats such as David Robinson and Tim Duncan who expressed a moral high ground on and off the field was, I thought, a direct result of your mentorship. But now your comments regarding our President have reminded me why I left the sport in the first place. As a high visibility sports persona you have a podium to "preach" your views from. We do expect you to speak about your sport and your players as you are a respected sports figure. However, we do not expect you to disparage those that believe in or support this President or this President himself, openly and publically using your position as a sports icon to do so. There were over 60 million people supporting this President and believe he does represent their beliefs and desires for this country. That is a fact! Your remarks and the fact you used your position to popularize your political beliefs and disparage the President and his supporters reflects poorly upon you! Enough is enough! You owe the President and his fans, who many are, undoubtedly, your fans an apology for your remarks! Stick to sports and basketball; where you belong!

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Submitted by Marco Gilliam (not verified) on

Pop, only a fool embraces miserably failed socialism, the platform of every left winger like yourself.

Do svee dah nyah, Comrade Popovich! Pitchka!

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Submitted by Sonny (not verified) on

My heart goes out to you, Good Sir. I am sure you are in mental anguish and hope you push thru. You have brought so much joy to so many for so long. This too shall pass. GOD BLESS.

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Submitted by Brian Eugeni (not verified) on

My deepest condolences on the death of your wife, Erin. I may be a Golden State Warrior fan but like many other NBA fans, I am also a fan of yours.

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