Minihane: Popovich the best coach in NBA history

Minihane: Popovich the best coach in NBA history
June 14, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Kirk Minihane says Gregg Popovich, poised to win his fifth NBA title with the Spurs, is "the best coach in the history of the sport." Yes, even better than Red Auerbach.

The comparison started out as Spurs' coach Gregg Popovich vs. the Patriots' Bill Belichick. Both aren't exactly loquacious with the media, both have coached their teams to multiple championships.

With Popovich poised to win his fifth NBA title with the Spurs, WEEI's Kirk Minihane went a bit further with a comparison to another Boston sports legend.

"I think Popovich is the best coach in the history of the sport," Minihane told Gary Tanguay on Arbella Early Edition. "He's even higher than [Red] Auerbach now. It's tougher to win now."

One more victory over the Heat in the Finals would add another NBA title to the four Pop has already won for San Antonio in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Red won nine as a coach, including eight in a row. Phil Jackson has won 11 (six with the Bills, five with the Lakers).

Minihane said it's the multiple rebuiling jobs that put Pop over the top.

"I think it's harder in the NBA," Minihane said. "You saw he Celtics past the Sixers [in the 80s], the Pistons get past the Celtics, the Bulls get past the Pistons. That's the way it goes in the NBA. The Spurs were gone. A couple of times they were knocked down a peg. When you get knocked down you're usually gone. But they've come back time and time again...They've been good for a decade and a half."