San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is the recipient of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2013-14 NBA Coach of the Year.
At the Spurs practice facilty, Popovich met with reporters to discuss winning the award for the third time.
“I feel very honored…to be singled out is pretty humbling,” Popovich said.
Pop joins Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to win the award three times. Popovich also received the award following the 2002-03 and 2011-12 seasons. He totaled 380 points, including 59 first-place votes, from a panel of 124 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.
With future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan and first year Spur Marco Belinelli standing behind the TV cameras to watch their coach, Popovich said, “People want quick, quick wins and satisfaction. They don’t quite understand how long it takes to put something together.”
In his 18th season as head coach of the Spurs, Popovich guided San Antonio to a league-best 62-20 (.756) record, won 19 straight games, and extended its streak of winning at least 50 games to an NBA record 15 consecutive seasons. The team posted an NBA-best 30-11 road record, the best road mark in franchise history and only the 13th time in NBA history a team has won 30-or-more road games in a season.
Since the 1997-98 season, Popovich, Tim Duncan and the Spurs have the best winning percentage over any 17-year span in NBA history at .706 (950-396).