Still licking his wounds after missing the postseason for the first time in 22 years, Gregg Popovich is quite literally looking for a change of scenery. The longtime Spurs coach has put his 9,640-square-foot San Antonio mansion on the market, listing his exquisite, four-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom home for a cool $3.1 million.
That may seem like a steep asking price to the average consumer, but rest assured, Pop’s picture-esque Texas paradise is anything but ordinary. The property holds, among other amenities, a four-car garage, a state-of-the-art infinity pool and accompanying “resort style” outdoor patio, an elevator, multiple guest bedrooms, a fully-equipped chef’s kitchen, a wine cellar, a game room/billiards hall and an upstairs workout room with gym equipment (weights, treadmills, you name it) and a gorgeous view of the surrounding neighborhood.
Built on 2.62 acres in 1999, Popovich’s estate was listed by Binkan Cinaroglu of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty on June 23, shortly before the Spurs left to play the final eight games of their 2020 season in the Orlando bubble. Before that, Popovich’s home was on the market from July 22 to December 31 of last year.
Talk has already spread of Pop’s potential interest in other coaching opportunities (perhaps in Brooklyn, where the Nets are seeking a replacement for fired bench boss Kenny Atkinson) and news of his house being for sale will do nothing to quiet those rumblings. The Nets, led by established stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving along with a supporting cast of gritty up-and-comers including Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie, would represent a new and exciting challenge for Popovich, a five-time NBA champion and three-time Coach of the Year recipient. The vacant Nets job should attract plenty of suitors (Tyronn Lue, Mark Jackson and interim coach Jacque Vaughn among them), though Popovich would obviously jump to the top of Brooklyn’s wish list if and when he became available.
If Popovich leaves San Antonio, where he has coached in at least some capacity since 1988, his departure could open the door for assistant Becky Hammon to become the NBA’s first female head coach. Hammon previously interviewed for the top job in Milwaukee after Jason Kidd’s dismissal in 2018, but that gig eventually went to Mike Budenholzer.
The 71-year-old could be moving to a nearby suburb or somewhere else in town for all we know, but until he gives Brooklyn a hard no like Villanova’s Jay Wright just did to the Sixers, the dream of Pop coaching Durant and Kyrie to an NBA title in Brooklyn lives on.