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Popovich says question about his coaching future is “inappropriate”

The Spurs are officially out of the playoffs after losing to the Pelicans in the play-in tournament, leading to questions about coach Popovich’s future.

Jennifer Bubel

The San Antonio Spurs have officially lost their chances at the NBA playoffs after losing 113-103 to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night in the play-in tournament. The loser of the No. 9 vs No. 10 game is automatically eliminated, so the Spurs will have to wait until next year for a shot at the championship.

Naturally, some questions have come up regarding Spurs head coach Gregg Poppovich’s future. He’s the winningest coach in NBA history with five championships and three Coach of the Year awards. He has been with the Spurs for nearly 30 years. Now 73 years old, Poppovich will have to think about retiring sometime soon, one would think.

Just after the loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday though, perhaps was not the best moment to ask. When a reporter asked him if he thought he’d be back to do this again in the future, Popovich responded, “well, that question is inappropriate”.

Popovich is the last remaining member of the championship teams who still holds his same role with the Spurs. He is not a grand-gesture kind of man and not a big fan of reporters. When he does finally retire, it will be on his terms and likely in a low-key manner.


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