Gregg Popovich became the ninth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games over his career on Monday night when Marco Belinelli hit a jumper to seal a win over 95-93 win over the Indiana Pacers:
Popovich was the third-fastest coach to reach the milestone, getting there in 1,462 wins. Phil Jackson was the fastest, reaching 1,000 wins in 1,423 games, followed by Pat Riley, who did it in 1,434 games. Popovich is also only the second coach to win at least 1,000 games with one team, joining Jerry Sloan, who did it with the Utah Jazz.
It goes without saying that Popovich is one of the greatest coaches in NBA history, if not the greatest. He’s a five-time champion and he’s shepherded a Spurs era that has been consistently successful for almost two decades. He probably doesn’t care that much about this milestone, nor does he need it to validate what he’s accomplished in his career. But it’s still a nice feather in his cap.