And the rest is history right? With Robinson out the bulk of the year they were 17-47 under Popovich but won the lottery and the right to choose Tim Duncan. What a coup that was. The franchise never looked back and won five championships in the 20 years that have passed. Just shows you that you just don’t know. I love what they have done and how they’ve done it. A model franchise. Here’s to ya Pop.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Gregg Popovich and How I Felt Back Then
This year is the 20 year anniversary of Gregg Popovich taking over the Spurs’ head coaching duties. At the time he was the team’s general manager and I remember how I thought this was such a raw deal. Then Coach Bob Hill was off to a 3-15 start that year but he was also coming off two seasons in which the Spurs had won 62 and 59 games respectively. He was no slouch. In 1996-1997 the team also dealt with a ton of injuries to include star David Robinson. It just didn’t seem right nor sit well with me then. I thought it was a bush league move but obviously Popovich was smarter than we all thought.