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It appears to have been both coincidental and symbolic that the San Antonio Spurs announced Gregg Popovich’s five-year contract extension the morning after nineteen-year-old Victor Wembanyama’s Summer League debut in Las Vegas last weekend. We may never know if the 74-year-old coach—the oldest and winningest in NBA history—ever seriously considered retirement, since he seemed to thoroughly enjoy coaching one of the NBA’s worst and youngest teams last season to a record of 22–60.Popovich said many times through the years there was no real challenge in coaching David Robinson and Tim Duncan, that he simply tried not to screw up a good thing. There wasn’t an ounce of truth to his deflections, but his point was legitimate. The Spurs made 22 consecutive playoff appearances between 1998…
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