LeBron James is one amazing athlete and a very honest guy. That’s why he nominated San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, an old time rival, to be the best all-time NBA coach.
They faced each other in three NBA finals and, on Saturday night, they’ll meet for the 24th time in a regular-season game. LeBron had plenty of time to get to know Gregg Popovich over many years and the “King” is convinced that the 67-year-old is the biggest name that led a team in the NBA. And that’s what he said once again this Thursday, after a 118-103 win over the Phoenix Suns.
The 32-years old three times NBA champion even worked with Gregg Popovich in 2004, when the Spurs coach was an assistant for Team USA and LeBron was an important member of the team that won Olympic bronze in Athens that summer. For him, Pop’s ability to adjust every single time as the game changes is quite amazing.
Of course, the respect is mutual, just like it should be, as Popovich often praised James for his play and many times selfish style. The coach always considered him a real team leader and a player that must be shut down if you want to win. Did you know that Pop’s defense designed for the 2007 Finals forced James to change his training methods to become a better shooter?
Gregg Popovich coached Spurs in six NBA Finals and lost only once, in 2013, against the Miami Heat team…lead by LeBron James, in a seven-game thriller which has definitely entered the NBA Hall of Fame.
The Texan team has been his only true love, being tied with the Spurs since 1996.