SAN ANTONIO – Greg Popovich has only one more chance to become the all-time successful coach of the NBA.
Popovich equaled Dan Nelson’s NBA record with 1,335 career victories as coach of the San Antonio Spurs 117-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. He did so with his usual dry ingenuity.
In fact, during a deadline, Popovich was invited to the former Spurs Center and the Hall of Fame Hall of Fame standout. David Robinson Check the fit and the game itself. Robinson sat on the court.
Spurs lost four straight to Bopovich while leveling the score. In his 26th season, when he runs the San Antonio Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, the experienced coach will try to pass Nelson.
On Monday, with LeBron James Not in line for the road team, Spurs took the lead 31-22 after the first quarter and exited late with 22 fourth-quarter points.
“I thought we were a little fast. Not very patient, but we defended well,” Popovich said. “I think that’s what prompted our front.”
Lockers coach Frank Vogel said in his post-match media availability that he had “incredible respect” for Bobovic and that this was similar to most coaches in the league.
“Of course he’s happy, I wish it wasn’t against us,” Vogel said. “But Bob is the best.”
Richardson agreed, and said he hopes Spurs can break the record in the next game. Although he has not been in San Antonio for a long time, Richardson noted how much Bobovich meant to the NBA, its players and Team USA.
But the record was not the only focus for the upgraded San Antonio team, which is 2.5 games away from the Western Conference post – season play – off tournament cutoff line. In fact, Poeltl Popovich’s record was said to be something unspoken in the locker room.
James has missed 17 games this season due to various injuries, including to his stomach and ankles. Vogel said he hopes James will play Wednesday against the Houston Rocket.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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