Popovich will lead the team again next season
- on May 19, 2023
The San Antonio Spurs are expected to maintain the leadership system.
According to reporter Jake Fisher of 『Yahoo Sports』, San Antonio manager Greg Popovich will also take the helm for the upcoming 2023-2024 season.
The existing contract of the manager and president of Popovich is until this season. The contract has not yet been renewed. However, San Antonio is optimistic that Popovich will play a role as a head coach, as he won the 1st round 1st pick in the 2023 draft.
Director Popovich is currently in his mid-70s and belongs to an advanced age. As the season schedule of the NBA is tight, the distance traveled can be a burden. It would not be strange even if Popovich resigns as manager. Not only is he considered one of the best coaches in his career, but he has achieved many achievements and achievements 메이저놀이터at San Antonio, so it is not strange at all to put down his baton.
San Antonio has been at the bottom of the Western Conference this season. At the beginning of the season, it seemed to be in the playoff competition, but it soon showed its limits. During the season, Jacob Puddle (Toronto) was traded to announce the start of the reorganization in earnest. After all, San Antonio is 22-60 this season and is tied for 14th in the conference with Houston.
However, San Antonio showed tremendous potential by getting the first pick in the pick-up order for the upcoming draft. It wasn’t long after Kawhi Leonard (Clippers) left the team, and it was about to start an intense reorganization. This draft provided an opportunity to strengthen the team again. San Antonio, not Houston or Detroit Pistons, became the main character.
San Antonio is certain to pick Victor Wembenyama (92nd Metropolitan) in the draft. If you designate Wembenyama, you can build a team around him. The salary cap also has a lot of room, so you can build other powers outside. It is difficult to jump right away as a candidate for the championship, but if you build a team sequentially, it is worth recreating the days when Tim Duncan led or Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge were active.
Popovich took over as San Antonio manager in 1997. During the 1996-1997 season, manager Bob Hill was sacked, and coach Popovich took over as acting manager. At this time, even though San Antonio had David Robinson, he could not play due to injury and was pushed to the bottom. At that time, San Antonio obtained the first pick and called Duncan.
From the 1997-1998 season, when coach Popovich led the team in earnest, San Antonio advanced to the playoffs for 22 consecutive years, winning four league championships during this period, and achieving five Western championships. However, San Antonio has not made the playoffs in the last four seasons since the Leonard trade. This time, it was only 20 wins for the first time since the 1996-1997 season.
However, no one could have predicted that the last place would lead to the top priority for Wenbenyama’s nomination. It is expected that Popovich will play a role as a manager as he has to start to settle down and improve the skills of the Wembenyama team, which is a strong nomination. Or, even if he does not hold the baton, it is expected that there will be no problem with serving as the president.