The season is officially over for the San Antonio Spurs.
The team was taken down by the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night in the play-in game and were sent packing, 113-103.
Despite a lot of promise at times during this season, it ultimately ended in disappointment.
It’s the end of the road for some of the players on the squad.
And it might be the end of the road for their legendary head coach, Gregg Popovich
Gregg Popovich, as usual, raves about how much he’s enjoyed this season, and expresses optimism about where group is headed. As to whether he’ll come back?
“That question is inappropriate,” he said.
— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) April 14, 2022
However, Popovich isn’t saying much about his future plans.
When asked about whether he’ll come back and lead the team again next year, Pop was mum about the subject, simply saying, “That question is inappropriate.”
What are the chances he really does return?
Parting Ways With Pop
Popovich has been coaching the Spurs for nearly 30 years now and has brought them unheard-of levels of success.
However, the 73-year-old has made no secret of his desire to retire in the near future.
It seems over the last few years the rumor of him stepping down has become more consistent and harder to ignore.
For his part, Popovich hasn’t revealed his plans and has always dodged the question.
The San Antonio front office has huge shoes to fill if and when Popovich hangs it up.
There are a number of possible candidates they could seek to replace him, including current Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder.
But there is a chance that Popovich sticks around for a bit longer.
He’s always been the sort of guy to dance to the beat of his own drum and will make a move when he’s good and ready.
Make no mistake: Popovich’s time in the NBA is definitely coming to an end but we may still get some more time with him.