Sport It’s time for the Spurs to start over without Gregg Popovich

03:20  19 november  2019
03:20  19 november  2019 Source:   yardbarker.com

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When it was over , Popovich asked questions. He always asks questions, and those questions are always the same: personal, direct, focused on drawing a For the Spurs , every dinner, every elbow touch, every impromptu seminar on politics and history adds up to build and reinforce a narrative: You

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The San Antonio Spurs have not been relevant in the NBA title conversation since winning 61 games back in 2016-17. Since then, they have been disposed of in the first round of the playoffs in two consecutive seasons. Now on a downward spiral without a clear direction to move forward, it’s time for San Antonio to start over with a rebuild that does not include one Gregg Popovich.

Gregg Popovich wearing a suit and tie © David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The big picture: This is not about Pop and the success he’s had. It’s not about the Association somehow moving on from his old-school ways. Instead, it’s all about the Spurs finding a new model and a new philosophy moving forward.

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The San Antonio Spurs ’ season is over eight wins short of the franchise’s sixth championship, swept by the Golden State How good is Popovich at coaching basketball? It ’ s so easy for him that in his spare time he’s able to provide political commentary that is far more insightful than anything heard on CNN

Logically, Becky Hammon, the first woman to hold a full- time assistant coaching position in the NBA, would have seemed to be in position to take over Instead, confusion reigned, with uncertainty about whether it was Hammon, promoted to Popovich ’ s top assistant last year, or Tim Duncan, the Spurs

Let us explain.

San Antonio heads into this week’s action with a 5-8 record. It ranks 23rd in the NBA in scoring defense and 24th in defensive rating. This is not how Popovich built his five championship teams with the Spurs.

We’re not overreacting to a slow start to one season. Instead, it’s all about looking to the future in San Antonio. And it’s bleak right now.

Western Conference: Even if the Spurs were to grab a bottom-two playoff spot in the West, they are looking at yet another early postseason exit.

  • Given what we’ve seen from the Lakers, Clippers, Rockets, Jazz and Nuggets thus far this season, there’s absolutely zero reason to believe San Antonio is looking at even a mildly deep playoff run.
  • As of right now, San Antonio’s top two scorers, DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge, are averaging a combined 38 points per game.
  • Western Conference contenders have elite defensive players that can shut down either one of these players in a moment’s notice.
  • As it relates to DeRozan, that includes the likes of LeBron James, Avery Bradley, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard Paul George and Patrick Beverley from the Lakers and Clippers alone.

The roster dynamic: As currently formed, there’s very little upside on San Antonio’s roster. At the very least, not enough upside for this team to be a contender.

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It would have been better for the Spurs had the Warriors blown them out from start to finish. “In which case, the home team relaxes a little bit, feels good about “I’m disappointed,” Coach Gregg Popovich said. “The only way I can process this is I think it ’ s not about O’s or X’s or rebounds or turnovers or

DALLAS — Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs will soon become the fourth 70-year-old coach in N.B.A. history, but he remains undecided about coaching the But this season featured Popovich ’ s first training camp without at least one of three Spurs mainstays: Duncan, Manu Ginobili, who retired

  • DeRozan and Aldridge are tapped out in terms of the upside they bring to the table. We’re not talking about young rising stars such as Pascal Siakam and the likes.
  • That’s the biggest issue for San Antonio. The roster we see today is likely to be the best version of this team short of dramatic changes moving forward.
  • If you’re not getting better, you are declining as a team. That’s the motto in today’s ever-evolving NBA, especially in the Western Conference. The Spurs are not going to get better with this current core.

Blowing it up: With all of that said, the Spurs have enough proven veteran pieces to start anew with a rebuild.

  • There’s good news on this front. Both DeRozan and Aldridge can provide San Antonio with assets to start anew with a rebuild.
  • DeRozan has a player option of $27.7 million next season. He’s unlikely to exercise it. Meanwhile, Aldridge is on the hook for a cap hit of just $24 million next season. That’s decent.
  • San Antonio could move these two players in separate trades and bring in a combination of young players and draft pick assets for a rebuild.
  • In turn, the Spurs could start a rebuild around the young group of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White and Lonnie Walker as well as the assets they acquire in these hypothetical trades.

Pop’s age and the Spurs’ coaching dynamic: San Antonio would not have to look outside of the organization to find a replacement.

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Gregg Popovich did not coach Game 3 of the Spurs -Warriors N.B.A. playoff series on Thursday night after his wife’ s death. Erin Popovich died at 67, the A cause of death was not reported, but she had been ill for some time . The Popoviches met when Gregg was an assistant coach at Air Force and

It makes all the sense they are doing this because of Gregg Popovich . Popovich , in my eyes, is the Only three five-man combos have played over 100 minutes together, with the most successful being He’s had to start 13 different players this year including the likes of Brandon Paul, Joffrey Lauvergne But, really it ’ s just Pop being Pop. It ’ s why you could see how excited he was when the Spurs won

  • As has been the case throughout his historical run in San Antonio, Popovich has built up one heck of a coaching staff.
  • This season, that includes head-coaching candidate Becky Hammon and NBA legend Tim Duncan. Either one would be a great option to replace the longtime head coach.
  • At 70 years old, we’re not even sure Popovich would want to go through a rebuild.

That leads us to our final point: Would San Antonio be forced to keep up with this charade that includes a faux hope of contention to pacify Popovich?

It sounds harsh. But this is the professional sports world.

The bottom line: The Spurs are 5-8 on the season. They are going nowhere fast. It’s quickly becoming a bad fit with Popovich. Move on with someone like Hammon and potentially let Pop finish out his career coaching a contender or ride off into the sunset.

It really would be the best of both worlds.

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Harris, 76ers send Spurs to 8th straight defeat, 115-104 .
The Philadelphia 76ers beat San Antonio 115-104 on Friday night to hand the Spurs their eighth straight defeat. © APARC San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge, left, tries to drive past Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) The skid is the Spurs' longest under longtime coach Gregg Popovich. BOX SCORE: SIXERS 115, SPURS 104Ben Simmons had a triple-double with 10 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who improved to 6-0 at home.

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