Gregg Popovich equals Don Nelson for most wins in NBA history originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Gregg Popovich is now one win away from becoming the winningest coach in NBA history.
With the triumph of the San Antonio Spurs 117-110 over the Los Angeles Lakers On Monday, Popovich tied Don Nelson with his 1,335th career regular season victory. Popovich will have a chance to pass Nelson on Wednesday when the Spurs host the Toronto Raptors.
Popovich reached Nelson’s 1,335 win mark in 370 fewer games and five fewer seasons. At 1,335-693, Popovich also ranks eighth all-time in winning percentage among people who have coached at least 100 NBA games.
Popovich first joined the Spurs organization in 1988 as an assistant coach in Larry Brown’s team. After spending a short time as Nelson’s assistant to the Golden State WarriorsPopovich joined the Spurs as general manager and vice president of basketball operations in 1994. He named himself head coach in December 1996 after firing Bob Hill 18 games that season.
The Spurs won the NBA Finals in Popovich’s second full season with the team and remained in title contention for the next two decades. From 1997 to 2019, San Antonio won five NBA titles and never had a season with a record below .500.
Popovich’s side are just 90-118 since the start of the 2019 season. At 25-40, the Spurs currently sit as the No. 12 seed in the Western Conference, 2.5 games from last. play-in spot.