NBA, social media congratulate Spurs’ Gregg Popovich on becoming winningest head coach
SAN ANTONIO – Friday evening was a particular evening for not solely San Antonio Spurs followers, however for sports activities fans and the complete NBA.
Gregg Popovich grew to become the NBA’s all-time winningest head coach — with 1,336 regular-season wins — when the Spurs beat the Utah Jazz 104-102.
By doing so, he eclipsed his mentor and former boss Don Nelson. Popovich had tied Nelson on Monday evening when the Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Lakers at residence.
After the Spurs’ win on Friday, Nelson had a number of phrases for the Spurs legend.
“I simply wished to let you know how proud I’m of all of your accomplishments and the fantastic belongings you’ve performed for basketball worldwide,” Nelson stated in a video posted by the Spurs and Golden State Warriors.
“However I’m most happy with what you’re about to perform now which is put me in second place in all-time wins.”
Handing off the all-time wins crown 👑🤝
Hoops legend and long-time good friend Don Nelson salutes Coach Pop for passing him on the historic record 💯 pic.twitter.com/zRCCXY76x7
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 12, 2022
Nelson added that he “couldn’t wait” for the record-breaking day to return, and stated he considers Popovich one in all his finest pals.
In fact, the cool Coach Pop gave a lot of the credit score to Nelson, his crew and “an entire lot of individuals” after the sport.
“All of the fantastic gamers, coaches, and employees that I’ve been blessed with, the help of this glorious metropolis. The followers help us it doesn’t matter what. All of us share on this report,” he stated. “It’s not mine, it’s ours, right here within the metropolis, due to all of the individuals I simply talked about. That’s the enjoyment of it.”
Present and former Spurs gamers like Manu Ginobili, Dejounte Murray, Tre Jones, Steve Kerr, Brent Barry and Michael Finley all took to Twitter to congratulate the G.O.A.T.
However even in the event you’re not a Spurs participant or fan, the accomplishment is one thing to respect — and that’s what individuals on social media did final evening.
Right here’s how NBA groups and gamers, sports activities fans, and San Antonio companies reacted to the accomplishment on social media.
You The Best Coach Of All Time And I’m Grateful And Grateful For You Pop. 🙏🏽 I Love You So A lot And You Deserve This And Can’t NOBODY Ever Take This Away From You!!!! 🖤🐐 pic.twitter.com/e5760Ky9E9
— Dejounte Murray (@DejounteMurray) March 12, 2022
Congratulations to Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich for breaking the common season report for many wins for a head coach within the NBA with 1,336 victories. Fortunate to have been round initially in December 1996 and now 26 years and 5 Championships later.
— Greg Simmons (@GregSimmonsKSAT) March 12, 2022
Coach POP!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! #1 ALL TIME WINS!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 12, 2022
CONGRATULATIONS to Gregg Popovich!! He now has essentially the most common season wins in #NBA historical past with 1,336. Spurs beat the Jazz 104-102 to assist Pop make historical past.
🐐 🏀 #PorVida #KSATsports
— Larry Ramirez (@LRam2) March 12, 2022
Coach Gregg Popovich stays one of many best rivals, academics and leaders in NBA historical past. Congratulations Pop on pounding the rock to essentially the most victories of all time. pic.twitter.com/UY8mmglvwF
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) March 12, 2022
“That’s simply actually cool, man, for him to be the all-time winningest coach and a blessing for me to have performed for him.” 👏
🗣️ Monty Williams on Gregg Popovich pic.twitter.com/HgQLy6T2xb
— x – Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 12, 2022
A very good coach can change a sport. A fantastic coach can change a life. Congratulations to Coach Pop in your will to win and your ardour to show and your concern that we at all times knew basketball and its place alongside the best way. #1336
— Brent Barry (@Barryathree) March 12, 2022
Congrats to Gregg Popovich on turning into the NBA’s all-time winningest coach. However deserving vital credit score for this honor are 1) Tim Duncan, essentially the most underappreciated famous person chief ever and a couple of) RC Buford, the NBA’s finest GM who stole Ginobili, Parker & Kawhi within the draft.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) March 12, 2022
Congrats to Coach Pop @spurs nice coach #1 in wins higher individual.🙏🏾👏🏾🏀🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
— mario elie (@marioelie1) March 12, 2022
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