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Sports WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The other coaches in the NBA when Gregg Popovich took over the Spurs in 1996

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Which makes what Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs have accomplished that much more amazing.

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(Michael Caulfield/AP)
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Like many sports, NBA teams cycle through head coaches at an astoundingly quick rate.

Which makes what Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs have accomplished that much more amazing.

Popovich took over the team in the middle of the 1996-97 season. Although he didn't have success right away, the team kept him around, and two years later, they were NBA champions, setting up a 20-year run that has included four more championships.

Meanwhile, almost all other teams have gone through several coaches during that time span. Many of the other coaches around the NBA that season have gone on to become analysts, team executives, or out of basketball entirely.

Take a look at where the other coaches from the 1996-97 NBA season are today.

Gregg Popovich took over the Spurs in December and went 17-47 with the team en route to a 20-62 record.

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(Michael Caulfield/AP)



Popovich is still with the Spurs today. He's won five championships with the team and is seventh all-time in wins.

Popovich is still with the Spurs today. He's won five championships with the team and is seventh all-time in wins. play

Popovich is still with the Spurs today. He's won five championships with the team and is seventh all-time in wins.

(Darren Abate/AP)



Lenny Wilkens was head coach of the Atlanta Hawks in 1996. They finished the season 56-26.

Lenny Wilkens was head coach of the Atlanta Hawks in 1996. They finished the season 56-26. play

Lenny Wilkens was head coach of the Atlanta Hawks in 1996. They finished the season 56-26.

(Hans Deryk/AP)



Wilkens is second all-time in wins in the NBA. He's now retired and helps run the Lenny Wilkens Foundation.

Wilkens is second all-time in wins in the NBA. He's now retired and helps run the Lenny Wilkens Foundation. play

Wilkens is second all-time in wins in the NBA. He's now retired and helps run the Lenny Wilkens Foundation.

(John Bazemore/AP)



M.L. Carr was the coach of the Boston Celtics. They finished the season 15-67.

M.L. Carr was the coach of the Boston Celtics. They finished the season 15-67. play

M.L. Carr was the coach of the Boston Celtics. They finished the season 15-67.

(Jim Rogash/AP)



Carr resigned after the season and didn't coach again in the NBA. Today, he is into venture capital and is a board member of Healthy Acquisitions Corp., the parent company of a health food firm.

Carr resigned after the season and didn't coach again in the NBA. Today, he is into venture capital and is a board member of Healthy Acquisitions Corp., the parent company of a health food firm. play

Carr resigned after the season and didn't coach again in the NBA. Today, he is into venture capital and is a board member of Healthy Acquisitions Corp., the parent company of a health food firm.

(KULTURECITY/YouTube)

 

Source: Boston Globe

 



Dave Cowens was the coach of the Charlotte Hornets. They finished the season 54-28.

Dave Cowens was the coach of the Charlotte Hornets. They finished the season 54-28. play

Dave Cowens was the coach of the Charlotte Hornets. They finished the season 54-28.

(Bob Jordan/AP)



Today, Cowens, a Celtics legend, is retired and runs a basketball camp in Maine.

Today, Cowens, a Celtics legend, is retired and runs a basketball camp in Maine. play

Today, Cowens, a Celtics legend, is retired and runs a basketball camp in Maine.

(WCSH6)

 

Source: WCSH6

 



Phil Jackson was the coach of the Chicago Bulls in 1996. They finished the season 69-13.

Phil Jackson with Michael Jordan. play

Phil Jackson with Michael Jordan.

(Steve Simoneau/AP)



Jackson, of course, later coached the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships. Today, he is the president of the New York Knicks.

Jackson, of course, later coached the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships. Today, he is the president of the New York Knicks. play

Jackson, of course, later coached the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships. Today, he is the president of the New York Knicks.

(Frank Franklin II/AP)



Mike Fratello was the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. They finished the season 42-40.

Mike Fratello was the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. They finished the season 42-40. play

Mike Fratello was the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. They finished the season 42-40.

(Allsport/Getty)



Today, Fratello is an analyst for ESPN and does color commentary on the YES Network for the Brooklyn Nets.

Today, Fratello is an analyst for ESPN and does color commentary on the YES Network for the Brooklyn Nets. play

Today, Fratello is an analyst for ESPN and does color commentary on the YES Network for the Brooklyn Nets.

(Fox Sports Ohio/YouTube)



Jim Cleamons was the coach of the Dallas Mavericks. They finished the season 24-58.

Jim Cleamons was the coach of the Dallas Mavericks. They finished the season 24-58. play

Jim Cleamons was the coach of the Dallas Mavericks. They finished the season 24-58.

(Jon Freilich/AP)



Cleamons was last an assistant with the Knicks in 2016.

Cleamons was last an assistant with the Knicks in 2016. play

Cleamons was last an assistant with the Knicks in 2016.

(New York Knicks/YouTube)



Bernie Bickerstaff was the coach of the Nuggets, but was replaced by Dick Motta. They finished the season 21-61.

Bernie Bickerstaff was the coach of the Nuggets, but was replaced by Dick Motta. They finished the season 21-61. play

Bernie Bickerstaff was the coach of the Nuggets, but was replaced by Dick Motta. They finished the season 21-61.

(David Zalubowski/AP)



Bickerstaff went onto coach for several more years before retiring. Motta is also retired. Both are recipients of the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bickerstaff went onto coach for several more years before retiring. Motta is also retired. Both are recipients of the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award. play

Bickerstaff went onto coach for several more years before retiring. Motta is also retired. Both are recipients of the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award.

(Tony Gutierrez/AP; Paul Sancya/AP)



Doug Collins was the coach of the Detroit Pistons. They finished the season 54-28.

Doug Collins was the coach of the Detroit Pistons. They finished the season 54-28. play

Doug Collins was the coach of the Detroit Pistons. They finished the season 54-28.

(Duane Burleson/AP)



Collins coached as recently as 2013. He's now an analyst on ESPN.

Collins coached as recently as 2013. He's now an analyst on ESPN. play

Collins coached as recently as 2013. He's now an analyst on ESPN.

(Chicago Bulls/YouTube)



Rick Adelman was the coach of the Golden State Warriors. They finished the season 30-52.

Rick Adelman was the coach of the Golden State Warriors. They finished the season 30-52. play

Rick Adelman was the coach of the Golden State Warriors. They finished the season 30-52.

(Paul Sakuma/AP)



Adelman coached for 15 more years in the NBA. Today, Adelman enjoys retirement in Portland, Oregon.

Adelman coached for 15 more years in the NBA. Today, Adelman enjoys retirement in Portland, Oregon. play

Adelman coached for 15 more years in the NBA. Today, Adelman enjoys retirement in Portland, Oregon.

(YouTube)

 

Source: Portland Tribune

 



Rudy Tomjanovich was the coach of the Houston Rockets. They finished the season 57-27.

Rudy Tomjanovich was the coach of the Houston Rockets. They finished the season 57-27. play

Rudy Tomjanovich was the coach of the Houston Rockets. They finished the season 57-27.

(Otto Greule Jr./Getty)



Tomjanovich is now a scout for the Lakers.

Tomjanovich is now a scout for the Lakers. play

Tomjanovich is now a scout for the Lakers.

(Rob Latour/AP)



Larry Brown was the coach of the Indiana Pacers. They finished the season 39-43.

Larry Brown was the coach of the Indiana Pacers. They finished the season 39-43. play

Larry Brown was the coach of the Indiana Pacers. They finished the season 39-43.

(Bill Kostroun/AP)



In 2016, Brown resigned as coach of Southern Methodist University. He was reportedly considering coaching a high school team, but did not follow through.

In 2016, Brown resigned as coach of Southern Methodist University. He was reportedly considering coaching a high school team, but did not follow through. play

In 2016, Brown resigned as coach of Southern Methodist University. He was reportedly considering coaching a high school team, but did not follow through.

(John Minchillo/AP)

 

Source: Patch

 



Bill Fitch was the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. They finished the season 36-46.

Bill Fitch was the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. They finished the season 36-46. play

Bill Fitch was the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. They finished the season 36-46.

(Mark J. Terrill/AP)



Fitch, one of the winningest coaches in NBA history, is retired, but still occasionally comments on the game.

Fitch, one of the winningest coaches in NBA history, is retired, but still occasionally comments on the game. play

Fitch, one of the winningest coaches in NBA history, is retired, but still occasionally comments on the game.

(Fox Sports Ohio/YouTube)



Del Harris was the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. They finished the season 56-26.

Del Harris was the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. They finished the season 56-26. play

Del Harris was the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. They finished the season 56-26.

(Mark J. Terrill/AP)



Today, Harris is the vice president of the NBA D-League team, the Texas Vipers.

Today, Harris is the vice president of the NBA D-League team, the Texas Vipers. play

Today, Harris is the vice president of the NBA D-League team, the Texas Vipers.

(Elissa Walker Campbell/YouTube)



Pat Riley was the coach of the Miami Heat. They finished the season 61-21.

Pat Riley was the coach of the Miami Heat. They finished the season 61-21. play

Pat Riley was the coach of the Miami Heat. They finished the season 61-21.

(Morry Gash/AP)



Today, Riley is president of the Heat.

Today, Riley is president of the Heat. play

Today, Riley is president of the Heat.

(Alan Diaz/AP)



Chris Ford was the coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. They finished the season 33-49.

Chris Ford was the coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. They finished the season 33-49. play

Chris Ford was the coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. They finished the season 33-49.

(Otto Greule Jr./Getty)



He was last a coaching consultant with the Knicks in 2013.

He was last a coaching consultant with the Knicks in 2013. play

He was last a coaching consultant with the Knicks in 2013.

(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)



Flip Saunders was the coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. They finished the season 40-42.

Flip Saunders was the coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. They finished the season 40-42. play

Flip Saunders was the coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. They finished the season 40-42.

(Elsa/Getty)



Saunders died at age 60 in 2015 during his second stint as coach of the Wolves.

Saunders died at age 60 in 2015 during his second stint as coach of the Wolves. play

Saunders died at age 60 in 2015 during his second stint as coach of the Wolves.

(Ann Heisenfelt/AP)



John Calipari was the coach of the New Jersey Nets. They finished the season 21-61.

John Calipari was the coach of the New Jersey Nets. They finished the season 21-61. play

John Calipari was the coach of the New Jersey Nets. They finished the season 21-61.

(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)



Calipari's stint in the NBA didn't last long, coaching the Nets until 1999. He's now the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats.

Calipari's stint in the NBA didn't last long, coaching the Nets until 1999. He's now the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. play

Calipari's stint in the NBA didn't last long, coaching the Nets until 1999. He's now the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats.

(Andy Lyons/Getty)



Jeff Van Gundy was the coach of the New York Knicks. They finished the season 57-25.

Jeff Van Gundy was the coach of the New York Knicks. They finished the season 57-25. play

Jeff Van Gundy was the coach of the New York Knicks. They finished the season 57-25.

(Mark Duncan/AP)



Today, Van Gundy is an analyst for ESPN and a popular voice around the league.

Today, Van Gundy is an analyst for ESPN and a popular voice around the league. play

Today, Van Gundy is an analyst for ESPN and a popular voice around the league.

(Wilfredo Lee/AP)



Brian Hill was the coach of the Orlando Magic, but was replaced by Richie Adubato. They finished the season 45-37.

Brian Hill, left, was replaced by Richie Adubato, right. play

Brian Hill, left, was replaced by Richie Adubato, right.

(Chris O'Meara/AP; Hans Deryk/AP)



Today, Hill is an analyst for Fox Sports Florida. Adubato coached several years in the WNBA and is now a color analyst for the Magic.

Today, Hill is an analyst for Fox Sports Florida. Adubato coached several years in the WNBA and is now a color analyst for the Magic. play

Today, Hill is an analyst for Fox Sports Florida. Adubato coached several years in the WNBA and is now a color analyst for the Magic.

(Reed Saxon/AP; Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty)



Johnny Davis was the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. They finished the season 22-60.

Johnny Davis was the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. They finished the season 22-60. play

Johnny Davis was the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. They finished the season 22-60.

(Doug Pensinger/Getty)



Davis was last an assistant coach with the Lakers in 2014. He's now semi-retired.

Davis was last an assistant coach with the Lakers in 2014. He's now semi-retired. play

Davis was last an assistant coach with the Lakers in 2014. He's now semi-retired.

(Toronto Raptors/YouTube)

 

Source: WHIO

 



Cotton Fitzsimmons was the head coach of the Phoenix Suns, but was replaced by Danny Ainge. They finished the season 40-42.

Cotton Fitzsimmons, left, was replaced by Danny Ainge, right. play

Cotton Fitzsimmons, left, was replaced by Danny Ainge, right.

(Jonathan Daniel/Getty; Steven Senne/AP)



Fitzsimmons died at age 72 in 2004. Ainge is now the president of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics.

Fitzsimmons died at age 72 in 2004. Ainge is now the president of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics. play

Fitzsimmons died at age 72 in 2004. Ainge is now the president of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics.

(Steven Senne/AP)



P.J. Carlesimo was the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. They finished the season 49-33.

P.J. Carlesimo was the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. They finished the season 49-33. play

P.J. Carlesimo was the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. They finished the season 49-33.

(Stephen Dunn/Getty)



Today, Carlesimo is an analyst for ESPN.

Today, Carlesimo is an analyst for ESPN. play

Today, Carlesimo is an analyst for ESPN.

(YouTube)



Garry St. Jean was the coach of the Sacramento Kings, but was replaced by Eddie Jordan. They finished the season 34-48.

Garry St. Jean, left, was replaced by Eddie Jordan, right. play

Garry St. Jean, left, was replaced by Eddie Jordan, right.

(Jonathan Daniel/Getty; Jed Jacobsohn/Getty)



Today, St. Jean is a Warriors analyst for Comcast Sports. Jordan was fired as head coach of Rutgers basketball in 2016 after three seasons.

Today, St. Jean is a Warriors analyst for Comcast Sports. Jordan was fired as head coach of Rutgers basketball in 2016 after three seasons. play

Today, St. Jean is a Warriors analyst for Comcast Sports. Jordan was fired as head coach of Rutgers basketball in 2016 after three seasons.

(YouTube; Kiichiro Sato/AP)



George Karl was the coach of the Seattle Supersonics. They finished the season 57-25.

George Karl was the coach of the Seattle Supersonics. They finished the season 57-25. play

George Karl was the coach of the Seattle Supersonics. They finished the season 57-25.

(Otto Greule Jr./Getty)



Karl was fired as head coach of the Kings at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Karl was fired as head coach of the Kings at the end of the 2015-16 season. play

Karl was fired as head coach of the Kings at the end of the 2015-16 season.

(Ezra Shaw/Getty)



Darrell Walker was the coach of the Toronto Raptors. They finished the season 30-52.

Darrell Walker was the coach of the Toronto Raptors. They finished the season 30-52. play

Darrell Walker was the coach of the Toronto Raptors. They finished the season 30-52.

(Stephen Dunn/Getty)



Today, Walker is the head coach of Clark Atlanta University's men's basketball team.

Today, Walker is the head coach of Clark Atlanta University's men's basketball team. play

Today, Walker is the head coach of Clark Atlanta University's men's basketball team.

(Duane Burleson/AP)



Jerry Sloan was the coach of the Utah Jazz. They finished the season 64-18.

Jerry Sloan was the coach of the Utah Jazz. They finished the season 64-18. play

Jerry Sloan was the coach of the Utah Jazz. They finished the season 64-18.

(Douglas C. Pizac/AP)



Though Sloan resigned as coach of the Jazz in 2011, he is still a consultant with the team today.

Though Sloan resigned as coach of the Jazz in 2011, he is still a consultant with the team today. play

Though Sloan resigned as coach of the Jazz in 2011, he is still a consultant with the team today.

(Tony Dejak/AP)



Brian Winters was the coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies, but was replaced by Stu Jackson. They finished the season 14-68.

Brian Winters, left, was replaced by Stu Jackson, right. play

Brian Winters, left, was replaced by Stu Jackson, right.

(Peter Cosgrove/AP; Elsa/Getty)



Winters was last a scout with the Indiana Pacers in 2011. Jackson is the former Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations in the NBA and is now an analyst for NBA TV.

Winters was last a scout with the Indiana Pacers in 2011. Jackson is the former Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations in the NBA and is now an analyst for NBA TV. play

Winters was last a scout with the Indiana Pacers in 2011. Jackson is the former Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations in the NBA and is now an analyst for NBA TV.

(Tom Strickland/AP; YouTube)



Jim Lynam was the coach of the Washington Bullets, but was replaced by Bernie Bickerstaff. They finished the season 44-38.

Jim Lynam was the coach of the Washington Bullets, but was replaced by Bernie Bickerstaff. They finished the season 44-38. play

Jim Lynam was the coach of the Washington Bullets, but was replaced by Bernie Bickerstaff. They finished the season 44-38.

(Getty)



Lynam spent several seasons as an assistant with the 76ers. Today, he is an analyst with Comcast Sports.

Lynam spent several seasons as an assistant with the 76ers. Today, he is an analyst with Comcast Sports. play

Lynam spent several seasons as an assistant with the 76ers. Today, he is an analyst with Comcast Sports.

(David Zalubowski/AP)

 

Source: Philly.com

 



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Now check out some of the most important figures behind the scenes in sports... play

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