How long will Gregg Popovich coach? Well he’s committed to Team USA until 2020.
Whenever you hear the name Gregg Popovich, you automatically think of consistency, winning and greatness.
Those qualities embody everything that Team USA stands for and the San Antonio Spurs’ head coach will continue to be involved with the national team for the foreseeable future.
He has fully committed to Team USA until at least 2020.
“I’m totally surprised and shocked when Jerry Colangelo called me because there’s a whole lot of younger guys that could do the job,” Popovich said. “So I was thrilled. When you think about being able to be with these guys and represent your country you say yes. You don’t say ‘I’ll think about it, I’ll get back to you.’ You say yes.”
Popovich is currently coaching the USA Select Team at USA Basketball’s training camp in Las Vegas this week.
Team USA’s current head coach Mike Krzyzewski is galvanizing his team for the final time before he calls it a career after the Rio Summer Olympics.
“The fact that we’re both military guys we understand that I have the unit right now and he’s going to take command of the unit and we both want the unit to do well,” Krzyzewski said. “We understand that. We’ve been good friends but this has been great for me and I think him too; just for us to bond even more.”
For those of you that don’t know, Popovich’s resume in the NBA is a pretty good one to say the least. He has won five NBA Championships as the head coach of the Spurs, in 1999, 2003 2005, 2007 and 2014. He has also won NBA Coach of the Year honors three times, in 2003, 2012 and 2014.
The good thing about Popovich coaching the Select Team is because players usually graduate to playing on the Senior Team for the FIBA World Cup and to the Olympics after that.
By the time the 2020 Summer Olympics arrive, Popovich will be very familiar with the players to compete for another Olympic Gold Medal, when he becomes the head coach.
Team USA begins their first of five exhibition games Friday at 9:00 PM ET on NBATV.