Gregg Popovich at Minus Money Odds to Return as Spurs Head Coach Next Season

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  • According to BetOnline, Gregg Popovich is a -140 betting favorite to return to the Spurs as head coach next season.
  • The odds of Popovich retiring is currently pegged at +100.
  • The San Antonio Spurs finished with their third losing season and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

When Gregg Popovich was asked by reporters after the Spurs’ elimination in the Play-in Tournament if he would be returning to coach the team next season, his reply was as Pop as it could get:

Whether that answer meant a yes or no is something only Popovich knows and something we won’t know until well, he says so. As to when that will be, again, we don’t know.

Online sportsbook BetOnline however, has opened the betting odds for a possible Gregg Popovich retirement and according to the betting site, Popovich is a -140 betting favorite to return to coach the Spurs next season. However, the chances of Popovich calling it a carer is pretty high at even money odds.

Oldest NBA Coach Ever

Popovich took over as the San Antonio Spurs head coach in 1996 and has held that position up until this season. He is the longest-tenured active coach not just in the NBA but in all major sports leagues in North America. The 73-year-old Popovich is also the oldest head coach in NBA history and has been such for the last couple of years. The previous oldest head coach in NBA history was Hubie Brown at 71 years and 61 days. Aside from his longevity, Popovich has also nothing left to prove.

He set the record for most wins ever by an NBA head coach this past season, passing Don Nelson at 1,335 wins and ending the campaign with a career total of 1,344. Pop has also won five NBA titles, tied for third behind only Phil Jackson and Red Auerbach. Popovich’s 170 wins in the playoffs are the third most by any NBA coach, behind only Jackson and Pat Riley. Last February, he was named as one of the Top 15 coaches in the history of the NBA.

The Spurs had a winning record during his first 22 seasons as head coach, surpassing Phil Jackson for the record for most consecutive winning seasons in the NBA. From 1998 to 2019, the Spurs made 22 consecutive playoff appearances, a record they share with the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Nationals. However, the Spurs have finished the last three seasons with a losing record and have missed the postseason three straight times, leaving rumors that Popovich may have coached his final NBA game.

Spurs Cashed Over 28.5 wins This Season

But despite finishing with another losing season and missing the playoffs, the current campaign has been a success for the Spurs. San Antonio entered the 2021-22 season with little expectations. The best NBA betting sites gave the Spurs a regular season win total of 28.5 wins. The Spurs also opened the season as a massive -1100 favorite NOT to make the playoffs, but they almost did.

Popovich led the Spurs to 34 wins this season, not only allowing their bettors to cash over 28.5 wins but also helping them make it to the play-in tournament where they lost to the New Orleans Pelicans. Overall, the Spurs have cashed the over on their regular season win total 17 times since 2000, the best in the NBA during that span.

Still, the Spurs are considered to be in a rebuild mode and are years away from title contention. But the progression they had this season and Dejounte Murray’s emergence as an All-Star player are proof that Popovich still has a lot to offer to the game, making him a favorite to return for at least a 27th season as head coach.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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