Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies

By The Associated Press, RJ Marquez - Digital Content Curator

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. She was 67.

The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich's death Wednesday. The team didn't provide further details.

"We mourn the loss of Erin," Spurs general manager RC Buford said in a team statement. "She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us." 

The Popoviches have two children and two grandchildren. They met at the Air Force Academy in the 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin's father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force's head athletic trainer.

Gregg Popovich has coached San Antonio since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles.

Reaction from NBA players and others across the league has poured in with many paying their respects and offering condolences to the Popovich family.

The Golden State Warriors arrived in San Antonio on Wednesday and heard the news during their practice session at the AT&T Center.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, a good friend and confidant of Gregg Popovich, chose not to discuss Erin Popovich's death at the moment, but looked deeply saddened upon hearing the news.

Forward Kevin Durant spoke briefly to the media. “Feel so bad for Pop and his family, that’s just tough to hear about,” Durant said. “But as far as the basketball game, it’s just a game at the end of the day."

LeBron James reacted to Erin Popovich's death with class and respect for a coach he says he has admired throughout his NBA career. Former President Bill Clinton shared his sympathies on social media.

San Antonio will face Golden State on Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

Popovich ran the Spurs' practice Wednesday and the team has not announced if he will coach in Thursday night's home game. The Warriors lead the series 2-0.

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