San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was initially uncertain of becoming a member of the group contained in the bubble in Orlando.
Popovich, 71, is the oldest coach within the NBA. At this age, Popovich believed it could be higher to to not be a part of others within the bubble. However the NBA’s precautionary measures satisfied him in any other case.
“I talked to lots of people, I talked to Adam [Silver], and you discover out fairly rapidly what he and his workers of many have gone by to place this factor collectively,” Popovich mentioned (by way of ESPN). “I actually do imagine, and it’s not simply me being a loyal soldier to the NBA, I’ve carried out my share of criticizing right here and there once I thought it was vital, however I don’t know the place else you’ll be as protected as we’re proper now. They’ll’t spoil us right here as a lot as they often do, earlier than COVID — we’re fairly spoiled, in all types of the way. So we’re not as spoiled now, nevertheless it’s good for all of us.”
Among the many groups that shall be taking part within the league’s restart, two different groups have coaches older than 65. New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, 65, and Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, 69, have been medically cleared to affix their respective groups contained in the bubble.
“From an mental perspective and a medical perspective, I must say not most likely, however I’m safer right here — if this bubble works — I’m safer right here than I’d be in Texas. For certain. As you see what’s happening there,” Popovich additional mentioned.
San Antonio Spurs face the specter of elimination
Popovich is not only the oldest coach within the NBA, but additionally one of many best. The truth that he has led the Spurs to a successful document in every of his 22 full seasons says quite a bit about him. Teaching the Spurs since 1996, Popovich has led the Spurs to 5 NBA titles.
The Spurs have reached the playoffs in every of the final 22 seasons, however the streak is now below menace. Previous to the league’s suspension, they had been 12th within the Western Convention with 27 wins in 63 video games. Among the many groups taking part within the league’s restart, the Spurs have among the many worst information of their convention. They’ve run within the seeding video games. However they may need to take part in a play-in match to qualify for the playoffs. It will be fairly an achievement if the Spurs handle to increase their playoff streak this season.