San Antonio Spurs great Gregg Popovich's legendary NBA feat

Yahoo Sports Staff
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich became the third NBA coach to surpass 1300 victories in the league. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich became the third NBA coach to surpass 1300 victories in the league. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

One of the best coaches in basketball just entered another exclusive club.

Gregg Popovich picked up the 1,300th regular season win of his career on Saturday, leading his San Antonio Spurs to a 120-104 win over the Chicago Bulls. 

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Only two other coaches have achieved that milestone: Popovich's mentor Don Nelson (1,335 regular season wins) and Lenny Wilkens (1,332).

Entering the 1,300-win club is probably only the warm-up act for Popovich when it comes to milestones, as he is now 35 wins away from tying Nelson for the title of winningest coach in NBA history. 

With 29 games left in the regular season, the earliest Popovich can do it is next season, but it's only a matter of when for the 72-year-old as long as he doesn't retire.

Of course, depending on your standards for the title of winningest coach, Popovich may already hold the title. 

If you count playoff wins in the total, Popovich passed both Nelson and Wilkens in 2019. He currently holds 284 wins in the playoffs, which would give him 1,584 wins.

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It's not like Popovich needs the title, however, to cement his legacy as one of the NBA's greatest coaches, if not the greatest. 

A five-time champion who turned San Antonio into an NBA giant and one of the most forward-thinking minds basketball has ever seen, Popovich's place in basketball history was sealed long ago.

Lakers' crucial NBA signing amid injury disaster

Free agent center Andre Drummond signed with the Lakers on Sunday night, he announced on Instagram, two days after officially agreeing to a contract buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

A midseason addition for the Cavaliers last season, Drummond was averaging 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game when Cleveland announced they would no longer play him while seeking a trade.

Drummond was among the most attractive names on the buyout market, and was reported by Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes to be hearing pitches from the Lakers, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets.

Andre Drummond hasn't played an NBA game since early February. (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)
Andre Drummond hasn't played an NBA game since early February. (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

News of Drummond's deal arrived just hours after the Brooklyn Nets, arguably the Lakers' biggest competition for the title, were reported to have reached a deal with LaMarcus Aldridge, another former All-Star big man on the buyout market.

Drummond joins a Lakers team that has been hit hard by injuries, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis both currently out.

James is reportedly out four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain, while Davis is reportedly "a ways away" from returning. The team is 1-4 since losing James.

Adding Drummond obviously won't replace those two All-Stars, but it could go a long way in strengthening the Lakers' big man rotation both now and in the playoffs.

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