Gregg Popovich talks about 2011-12 season

Spurs coach 'thrilled' about his team's accomplishments

Published On: Jun 08 2012 08:53:21 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 08 2012 08:57:21 AM CDT
Gregg Popovich
SAN ANTONIO -

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says a sudden postseason fall after a 20-game winning streak and the best record in the Western Conference was simply San Antonio reaching its limit.

Popovich said Thursday he thought the Spurs probably overachieved in a season that began with few expecting San Antonio to contend.

"If you look back at the beginning of the season, we didn't exist. We were on nobody's radar," Popovich said. "Even when we started to do fairly well, we still didn't exist.

"I think most people felt that nothing was going to happen. It's not easy being conference finalists. We faced a team (Oklahoma City) that beat us fair and square. We reached our limit. That's what we try to do every year."

Popovich said that his team's performance was "extraordinary."

"I'm thrilled for what they did," he said. "I couldn't be more happy for this group. That they pulled together. A lot of moving parts, and they deserve a lot of credit for accomplishing what they did."

The big question is, how will the Spurs do next season? Alot depends on whether Tim Duncan comes back for a 16th season. Duncan is 36 and is no longer under contract. He suggested several times this year that he was leaning toward returning, but wouldn't say for certain after Oklahoma City ousted the Spurs in the Western Conference finals Wednesday night.