Gregg Popovich Favored to Return to the Spurs For Next Season

| April 18, 2022 9:32 am PDT

Legendary Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich has been rumored to be close to retirement, but sportsbooks are currently favoring him to come back for at least one more season with San Antonio.

He is the oldest active NBA coach in history at 73, but he’s still one of the most talented coaches in the sport. Popovich’s 5 NBA championship wins are just a couple of his career accolades.

His career 1,344 wins became the most all-time as well. He surpassed the great Hall of Famer Don Nelson’s 1,335 earlier this year. Popovich will certainly be inducted to the Hall of Fame whenever he decides to retire and will be widely regarded as the best coach in NBA history.

Odds for Popovich to Retire Before 2022-23 Season


The odds for Popovich’s 2022-23 NBA season status are offered on BetOnline, which have him slightly favored to return for at least one more year. He’s one of the best coaches of all-time, but a big reason why is because he loves to do it.

Retiring from basketball might not be something he wants to consider just yet. He’s not the type of person to have a farewell tour, but if anyone deserves it it’s Popovich.

It’s unlikely that the Spurs are going to have a title contender roster next year, so a good way to put a positive note on next season would be honoring Popovich all year. He has played such a large role in that organization and in tons of players’ own lives.

He also led the USA Men’s National Basketball team to a gold medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics. That’s another indication of how much Popovich loves to coach the sport.

The Hall of Fame lock will go down as one of the most integral coaches in NBA history. His legendary career is highlighted by his 5 NBA rings, but his impact reaches for more than that. Popovich is most deserving of at least a farewell tour, but don’t be surprised if you see him and the Spurs make a run in the playoffs if he’s coaching.

Reasons Popovich Will Retire Before the 2022-23 Season

With that being said, there could be many reasons why Popovich retires from the NBA. After all, he’s the oldest to ever coach in NBA history after surpassing Hubie Brown’s record of 71 years old, one month, and eight days.

He’s also the new all-time leader in wins as a coach, has an incredible number of championship wins as well as 3 NBA Coach of the Year awards. His accolades are incredible and are more than enough to be satisfying to any coach.

In his 26 seasons as an NBA coach, he has only missed the playoffs 4 times. Of those 4 times, 3 of them have been his last 3 consecutive years. The Spurs lost a lot of great players due to retirement and such over the past couple seasons. That’s a big reason why their performance has taken a substantial hit.

Dejounte Murray looks like he’s ready to become the next Spurs’ superstar, but they are going to need some more pieces if Pop wants to get back in the playoffs.

It’s also a lot for coaches and players to constantly be on the road for their profession. Time away from family and friends could be a reason why Pop calls it quits on a legendary career. Like I said earlier, he’s not the type of coach to want a farewell tour. That means the chance he retires before next season is still there.

Anthony Haage

Anthony is a sports writer for covering the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and more. He also covers other various topics such as entertainment, general sports betting tips, and more.

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