Gregg Popovich Passes Pat Riley for 4th on All-Time Coach Wins List

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 12, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 23: Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs looks on against the Indiana Pacers during the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 23, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Gregg Popovich hit another milestone in his legendary career Tuesday, surpassing Pat Riley on the NBA's all-time coaching wins list.  

Thanks to the San Antonio Spurs' 111-86 victory over the Phoenix Suns, Popovich moved into sole possession of fourth place with 1,211 wins.


Congratulations to Gregg Popovich for passing Pat Riley for 4th place on the NBA's all-time coaching wins list! 👏 #GoSpursGo https://t.co/kB1R3OJPDW

The Spurs have run hot and cold this season, although they appear to be on the upswing. They've won three straight games to get back to .500 at 14-14. 

While San Antonio has undergone numerous changes in recent years—the retirements of Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, losing Tony Parker as a free agent and trading Kawhi Leonard to Toronto—Popovich has remained a constant presence. 

However, Popovich's time on the sideline may be running out. In June, ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the 69-year-old may retire after he coaches Team USA during the 2020 Olympics. 

Since he took over as Spurs head coach early in 1996-97, Popovich's only losing season came in his first year. Along the way to his 1,211 wins, he's also led the franchise to five NBA titles and 21 straight playoff appearances.    


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