Here’s a look back at the Spurs coaching dynasties that came before Gregg Popovich, none close to matching in length or victories.
1973-1974 (ABA), Tom Nissalke: 63 wins-49 losses; Nissalke was fired in the middle of the 1974-75 season for conduct detrimental to the franchise.
1974-1976 (ABA), Bob Bass: 83 wins-57 losses; Bass was the only coach to serve as Spurs head coach multiple, non-consecutive times. He moved to Spurs front office as GM at end of 1975-76 season, the Spurs' last with the ABA and Bass' last full-time coaching position.
1976-1980, Doug Moe: 177 wins-135 losses; Moe, the Spurs' first NBA coach, was fired from what was his first NBA head coaching job near end of a slump that lasted the 1979-80 season. He became head coach of Denver Nuggets for 1980-81 season, and holds the record for second most Spurs victories as coach.
1980, Bob Bass: 8 wins-8 losses; Bass, now the Spurs general manager, filled in at the end of the 1979-80 season while the team searched for Doug Moe's replacement.
1980-1983, Stan Albeck: 153 wins-93 losses; After some speculation, Albeck left the Spurs to become head coach of New Jersey Nets for 1983-84 season. At the time, his wife, Phyllis told the San Antonio Light, I don't know if [New Jersey's] a lock, but I know what is a lock — Stan won't be here next year.
1983, Morris McHone: 11 wins-20 losses; With the Spurs in last place, McHone was fired in the middle of the 1983-84 season from his first and only NBA head coaching job. McHone's son, Kimble, is the head coach at Boerne High School, and his grandson, Griffin, was a point guard there.
1984, Bob Bass: 26 wins-25 losses; The Spurs general manager again took the reins while the team looked for Morris McHone's successor.
1984-1986, Cotton Fitzsimmons: 76 wins-88 losses; Fitzsimmons was fired by the Spurs at the end of 1985-86 season, despite making the playoffs. His next head coaching job was with Phoenix Suns in 1988.
1986-1988, Bob Weiss: 59 wins-105 losses; Weiss was fired from his first NBA head coaching job at end of 1987-88 season, after two losing seasons in San Antonio. He was next served as head coach for the Atlanta Hawks in 1990.
1988-1992, Larry Brown: 153 wins-131 losses; This was Brown's first NBA head coaching job after a stint as the head coach at the University of Kansas. Brown asked to be fired in the middle of the 1991-92 season after butting heads with owner Red McCombs and soon after took a head coaching job with the Los Angeles Clippers.
1992, Bob Bass: 26 wins-18 losses; This was Bass' final stint as the Spurs' head coach. In his four periods as coach, Bass earned an overall record of 143 wins and 108 losses with the team.
1992, Jerry Tarkanian: 9 wins-11 losses; Tarkanian, who was known as Tark the Shark, was a successful college coach (his career record is 706-198), but only last six weeks on the Spurs bench in his first and only NBA head coaching position.
1992, Rex Hughes: 1 win-0 losses; Hughes served as interim head coach for one game against the Mavericks while team was between coaches, making him the Spurs' only undefeated coach.
1992-1994, John Lucas II: 94 wins-49 losses; Lucas snagged his first head coaching job with the Spurs and holds the distinction of being the only Spurs head coach to be a former Spurs player. (He was a point guard during the 1983-84 season.) Lucas left at end of 1993-94 season to become the head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers.
1994-1996, Bob Hill: 124 wins-58 losses; Hill was fired after rough start to the 1996-97 season and replaced by Gregg Popovich, who was San Antonio's general manager and vice president of basketball operations at the time. Hill's next tenure as head coach would be a decade later with Seattle SuperSonics in 2006.
1996-present, Gregg Popovich: 905 wins-423 losses, at the end of the 2012-13 season; In his first and only head coaching job, Pop is currently the longest serving Spurs coach, in NBA or ABA, and the longest tenured current pro coach in any of the four major sports leagues (NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB). He's a two-time NBA Coach of the Year (2002-03 and 2011-12) and has served as an NBA All-Star Game head coach three times (2005, 2011 and 2013).
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