Gregg Popovich indicates he’ll return to Spurs next year after team eliminated from playoffs

San Antonio Spurs 22-year playoffs streak comes to end

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 13: Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks with Lonnie Walker IV #1 of the San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 13, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 13: Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks with Lonnie Walker IV #1 of the San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 13, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Spurs 22-year playoffs streak may be over, but it’s not something head coach Gregg Popovich plans to dwell on too much.

Speaking with reporters Thursday evening after San Antonio’s final regular-season game in the NBA bubble, Popovich said he had not thought about the streak in the past and will not begin to think about it now.

“It means a lot to a lot of people probably, but I don’t dwell on the past. What’s important is the moment. You do what you have do and then move on,” Popovich said. “Looking at the past doesn’t do much good. Any success we’ve had has been because we’ve had some great players.”

The Spurs run of 22 consecutive playoff appearances tied a professional sports record. It equaled the streak of the Syracuse Nationals-Philadelphia 76ers NBA franchise from 1950-1971.

The Spurs won five championships during the streak and advanced to six NBA Finals. They played 284 postseason games over those years.

The only franchises within 100 of that were the Lakers (218), Miami (196) and Boston (192), according to the Associated Press.

The Spurs won 170 playoff games in that span; only seven franchises have more playoff wins in their entire history. Popovich was the head coach for each victory.

And, by all indications, he will continue to be the Spurs head coach. When asked if he would return next season, Popovich gave a three-word response.


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