Gregg Popovich, the longest-tenured coach in the big four sports in the U.S., hinted Monday he's in negotiations to return to the San Antonio Spurs for a 24th season.
"I've never talked about my contract in all these years. I've never had an agent. I've never talked about the contract," Popovich said seriously before ending the discussion of his contract with a joke.
"My contract is basically my business, but I'll break the rule this time. I'm currently in negotiations, and I could very well end up with the Portofino Flyers or the Positano Pirates. I think it's one-third Positano, one-third Portofino and one-third San Antonio."
Popovich's contract expired after Saturday's 90-86 Game 7 loss to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. But in speaking with reporters Monday, he sounded like a coach very much looking ahead to next season.
The Spurs hired Popovich, now 70, 18 games into the 1996-97 season. San Antonio has made the playoffs every season but that first one, winning five NBA titles.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, himself the coach of six Super Bowl-winning teams, has been with the Patriots since 2000, making him the pro coach with the second-most tenure.
--Field Level Media
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