In the NBA, having a dependable coach might be the most important aspect to being a powerhouse title threat outside of locking down a franchise player for the long haul. Luckily, the San Antonio Spurs were somehow able to snag both. 15 years later, they are still a contender out West.
There is a reason that many franchises have said they want to model themselves after the Spurs, both from a personnel and roster standpoint.
With Phil Jackson stepping down after last season and Jerry Sloan leaving in disgust after Deron Williams continually rebelled against his play-calling, Pop is clearly considered to be the best in the league at this point. With the amount of turnover of coaches in the league, Pop is not only the longest-tenured coach in the NBA, but of all professional sports.
Here, we rank the other 29 coaches before him, while also providing more evidence as to why our No. 1 could be adding No. 5 to his collection very soon.