Gregg Popovich greatness not defined by coaching record, says Manu Ginobili


San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich won an NBA record 1,128th game with the same franchise on Saturday, but Manu Ginobili feels the milestone does not define his greatness.

Popovich has spent over 20 years in charge of the Spurs and triumphed in five NBA Finals.

A 121-97 victory over the Denver Nuggets saw Popovich make history, though Ginobili was in no doubt a strong legacy was already secured.

He said: "The record is just a number - he didn't need that record to define what he means for this franchise, the NBA in the last 20 years.

"Just the fact he's been the coach for the same team for so many years is already an impressive accomplishment. If you add five rings and always having a 70 per cent or more winning percentage, it's incredible what he's done.

"He's going to keep doing it and I'm pretty sure he's going to get some more, so a very impressive career."

Nuggets coach Michael Malone lauded Popovich's longevity in San Antonio, stating there are few better than the 68-year-old.

"It speaks to the fact that he's arguably the greatest coach the NBA has ever seen," Malone said.

"It speaks to the commitment that they have made to him here in San Antonio, the longevity. Pop is a tremendous coach and the greatest accomplishment is not just the success, but also the sustained success they've had over and over again."