But he’s 70 years old. San Antonio (9-14) is well below its usual standard.
At some point, Popovich will step down – maybe to focus on coaching Team USA in next year’s Olympics, maybe several years from now. But it will happen.
there’s one name that continues to come up from league sources as a possible replacement: Bill Self, the longtime Kansas coach and close friend of Spurs general manager R.C. Buford.
Self is a highly successful college coach who has gotten NBA looks before. At minimum, he’s a sensible candidate.
A big reason Self has won so much at Kansas: He recruits better talent than most of his competitors. That wouldn’t translate to the NBA. But Self has proven adept at adapting his style, and he connects well with his NBA-track prospects. That bodes well for a league full of transient professionals.
Would Self leave? The NCAA coming down hard on Kansas could push him toward the pros.