Gregg Popovich

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Gregg Charles Popovich (born January 28, 1949) is an American professional basketball coach.wikipedia
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San Antonio Spurs

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He is the head coach and President of the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The team's success during this period coincides with the tenure of current head coach Gregg Popovich, who had been the team's general manager before replacing Bob Hill as coach in 1996.

National Basketball Association

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He is the head coach and President of the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The Los Angeles Lakers of coach Phil Jackson and the San Antonio Spurs of Gregg Popovich combined to make 13 Finals in 16 seasons, with 10 titles.

Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball

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During his time as head coach at Pomona-Pitzer, Popovich became a disciple and later a close friend of head coach Larry Brown at the University of Kansas.
Former players that have gone on to be coaches include Phog Allen, Adolph Rupp, Dean Smith, Dutch Lonborg, and former assistants to go on to be notable coaches include John Calipari, Gregg Popovich, and Bill Self.

Merrillville High School

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He attended Merrillville High School and graduated in 1970 from the United States Air Force Academy.
Gregg Popovich - NBA head coach for the San Antonio Spurs

East Chicago, Indiana

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Popovich was born in East Chicago, Indiana, on January 28, 1949, to a Serbian father and a Croatian mother.
Gregg Popovich - coach of San Antonio Spurs, 5-time NBA champion, 3-time NBA Coach of the Year

R. C. Buford

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From 1988 to 1992, Popovich was Brown's top assistant, until the entire staff, including R. C. Buford, Alvin Gentry and Ed Manning, were fired by owner Red McCombs.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich then hired Buford as the Spurs' Head Scout in the summer of 1994 and he has been with the team since that time.

Alvin Gentry

From 1988 to 1992, Popovich was Brown's top assistant, until the entire staff, including R. C. Buford, Alvin Gentry and Ed Manning, were fired by owner Red McCombs.
Gentry joined Gregg Popovich, R. C. Buford, and Ed Manning as part of Larry Brown's assistant coaching staff for the Spurs when Brown left Kansas before the 1988–89 NBA season.

Bob Hill

After the Spurs had a 3–15 start in the 1996–97 season, with David Robinson sidelined with a preseason back injury, Popovich fired coach Bob Hill and named himself head coach.
After a 3-15 start to the 1996–97 season, Hill was fired by one of his bosses, Gregg Popovich, who thereafter replaced Hill as the Spurs coach.

1999 NBA Finals

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After recovering to win 56 games in Duncan's rookie year and Popovich's first full year as coach, the Spurs came all the way back in 1999 to win their first NBA title. Popovich has won five championships with the Spurs—1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.
As a result of the shaky start, veteran coach Bob Hill was fired and replaced by then-general manager Gregg Popovich.

Tim Duncan

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The Spurs' disastrous season allowed them the first overall pick in the NBA Lottery, which they used to draft Tim Duncan out of Wake Forest University.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich lauded Duncan's mental toughness, stating his rookie's "demeanor was singularly remarkable", Duncan always "put things into perspective" and never got "too upbeat or too depressed."

Tony Parker

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On November 29, 2012, Popovich sat out starters Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginóbili, and Danny Green for a nationally televised game against the Miami Heat.
Coach Gregg Popovich had him play against Spurs scout and ex-NBA player Lance Blanks.

Jerry Sloan

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On March 22, 2013, when the Spurs beat the Utah Jazz, Popovich became the second head coach in NBA history, after the Jazz's own Jerry Sloan, to win 900 regular-season games with one team.
Although he never won a Coach of the Year award, he is one of only four coaches in NBA history with 15-plus consecutive seasons with a winning record (Gregg Popovich, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson are the others).

2011–12 NBA season

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On May 2, 2012, Popovich won his second coach of the year award for the 2011–12 NBA season.
When the San Antonio Spurs rested Tim Duncan for a game in March at the end of a back-to-back-to-back, coach Gregg Popovich submitted the description of Duncan's injury as "Old".

Manu Ginóbili

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On November 29, 2012, Popovich sat out starters Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginóbili, and Danny Green for a nationally televised game against the Miami Heat.
In contrast to his regular season, Ginóbili became an integral part of Gregg Popovich's rotation in the playoffs, playing in every game.

Sean Elliott

Sean Elliott was also limited to 39 games due to injury, and Chuck Person missed the entire season.
The team was taken over by new coach Gregg Popovich, and their lottery status in the 1996–1997 season led to the drafting of Tim Duncan in the NBA draft following the season.

List of NBA championship head coaches

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John Kundla, Pat Riley, and current San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich have each won five championships.

2013 NBA Finals

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Popovich led the Spurs to the 2013 NBA Finals to face the Miami Heat.
In 2010, Spurs president of basketball and head coach Gregg Popovich made a congratulatory phone call to Heat president Pat Riley for signing LeBron James and Chris Bosh to play with Dwyane Wade.

NBA Coach of the Year Award

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He was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2003, 2012, and 2014.
Gregg Popovich, Don Nelson and Pat Riley have each won the award three times, while Hubie Brown, Mike D'Antoni, Bill Fitch, Cotton Fitzsimmons and Gene Shue have each won it twice.

2014 NBA Finals

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Popovich has won five championships with the Spurs—1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.

David Stern

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NBA commissioner David Stern was outraged by this and said on the night of the game that it was "unacceptable," and "substantial sanctions [would] be forthcoming."
On November 29, 2012, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich sat out Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginóbili, and Danny Green for a nationally televised game against the Miami Heat.

NBA Africa Game 2015

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On August 1, 2015, Popovich served as Team Africa's head coach at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game.
San Antonio Spurs head coach, three-time NBA Coach of the Year, and five time NBA champion Gregg Popovich coached Team Africa, including his team's Boris Diaw.

United States men's national basketball team

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Popovich served on the coaching staff for the U.S. national team during the 2002 FIBA World Championship (assisting George Karl), during the 2003 FIBA America Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and during the 2004 Olympic Games, where the U.S. won a bronze medal.
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Pomona College

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Notable faculty of the past and present include the late novelist David Foster Wallace, former U.S. ambassadors Cameron Munter and Michael Armacost, novelist Jonathan Lethem, jazz musician Bobby Bradford, German historian Golo Mann, poet Claudia Rankine, president of the National Association of Mathematicians Edray Goins, composer Fannie Charles Dillon, and NBA basketball coach Gregg Popovich, who mentored alumnus Mike Budenholzer.

List of NBA All-Star Game head coaches

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