San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich became the newest member of the 1,000-win club Monday night when his team picked up a come-from-behind victory over the Indiana Pacers. With the win, San Antonio improved to 33-19, firmly in the Western Conference playoff picture.

Of course, that’s nothing new to Spurs fans. Entering this season, Pop had manned the bench for 17 full seasons, in addition to the latter part of the 1996-97 season. His 17 seasons included 17 playoff berths, six trips to the NBA finals, and five NBA championships. His career record? 1000-462, good for a .684 win percentage, all with the Spurs.

Considering all those remarkable numbers, Mad Dog Sports Radio host Adam Schein put it plainly on his program earlier this week: Popovich is the greatest NBA coach of all-time.

He’s the best coach in NBA history. Who do you wanna argue, Red [Auerbach]? OK, we could have that conversation, and championships are championships, and what he did with the Boston Celtics, amazing. Not gonna argue against it if you wanna tell me he’s the best coach ever. But like I do with Bill Belichick, I will reference the era. And I will reference how impossible it is to keep a team together forever. San Antonio has had an amazing knack for keeping Duncan, Parker and Ginobili around. And all these guys have left money on the table, which is special and unique. And they love playing for Pop. But I think the era is one of the things that differentiates, in my opinion, Red from Pop, that favors Pop as the best coach ever.

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