Gregg Popovich turned the San Antonio Spurs into one of the most successful franchises in recent sports history.
He helped build a winning culture, becoming one of the greatest coaches in NBA history in the meantime.
But all good things come to an end.
Popovich is 73 years old, basketball has changed, and the Spurs are going through a rebuild, so people speculate his time in charge of the team won’t last for much longer.
However, when asked about his plans to retire, the veteran coach had a smart and hilarious response:
“That’s a good question,” Popovich replied. “Retire next week or six years from now or after the season; I don’t think about that stuff. I think the little voice in my head will tell me that’s enough. If I am tired of telling someone, ‘why are you getting beat backdoor so much? Can you please stay in front of somebody? Maybe you want to touch him and block him out a little bit? Maybe when we take a shot, you wanna run back over there with a little bit of effort? Instead of loafing. Get your a** in here’. When I stop wanting to do that, then I’ll know it’s over.”
He also turned Kawhi Leonard into a superstar and found plenty of success throughout his incredible career.
So, if he still feels like calling his players out and getting on their nerves after a bad game, who are we to tell him to call it a day?