[Source] - “There’s a story going around that the owner of the Brooklyn Nets is looking to make a ‘Godfather offer’ to Gregg Popovich, and when I say the Godfather, I mean ‘something he can’t refuse,'” Brown said.
This all makes a great deal of sense, though the legitimacy of it all can be questioned. Brooklyn has built a respected organization based on lessons learned from Spurs basketball. The lead-man in charge of this change is general manager Sean Marks, who spent a large chunk of his NBA career as a player, coach and executive in San Antonio. He’s openly remarked on all that he’s drawn from the Spurs’ culture and now, he’d like to bring in the mastermind himself.
Yeah, we need games to be played. We've reached the stage of no basketball where we're getting Gregg Popovich leaving the Spurs rumors. Let me say that again - we're getting GREGG POPOVICH leaving the Spurs rumors. There's zero chance. The guy has been linked to retiring lately and has spent his entire career with the Spurs. In what world would he leave to go coach the Nets - the team with Kyrie?
I think you can make a legit case that Pop is the best coach in NBA history from a developmental, in-game, drafting, etc standpoint. Yes he had Tim Duncan, but he also found and developed guys like Parker, Manu, Boris Diaw, he traded for Kawhi, etc. Now you're telling me he wants to go deal with Kyrie? That's actually something I'm rooting for now because Pop would lose his shit right away. I'm just picturing Kyrie walking in the locker room and going on a flat earth rant or that story of Kyrie responding to Brad Stevens saying good morning with 'what does government mean to you?' Now imagine him asking this guy:
Don't get me wrong, this all makes sense from the Nets standpoint. Their front office is built on former Spurs guys. You're landing arguably the greatest coach of all time all while you have two stars who are trying to compete for a title. They should be offering Pop a 'godfather offer' because what else are they going to do? They moved on from Kenny Atkinson and now they are going to likely hire a former head coach and hope he's a guy that can get KD/Kyrie enough help?
It just doesn't make any sense for Pop to leave. Yeah, the Spurs are in a bit of a rebuild - using that term loosely, but it's the Spurs. But Pop is 71 years old. Why would he want to deal with that when he can just retire and Bill Self can then coach the Spurs, which is my second favorite rumor that is always floating around. Either way, I'm setting the line at .1% and hammering the under.