The San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks have had a heated rivalry throughout the years in both the regular season and playoffs. The teams are located just a few hours away from each other in Texas, adding to the intensity of the matchups. From 2001 to 2014, the two teams met in the playoffs six times, including in the Western Conference Finals in 2003 and 2006, with San Antonio winning both series en route to NBA championships. In total, the Spurs have a 24-17 advantage in postseason meetings with the Mavericks, but the battles on the court have always been intense and hard-fought.
Gregg Popovich, the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in NBA history. He has led the Spurs to five NBA championships, and his teams have been known for their discipline, unselfishness, and defensive prowess. Popovich has been the head coach of the Spurs since 1996 and has led them to the playoffs every season except for one. He has also been the head coach of the United States men’s national basketball team, leading them to a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics.
In recognition of his legendary coaching career, Popovich was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2023. His induction was a fitting tribute to a coach who has achieved incredible success while staying true to his principles and values. Popovich’s influence on the game of basketball is immeasurable, and his legacy will be felt for years to come.
“It’s not something you think about when you’re growing up, while you’re in the business, that’s not in your head,” Popovich said. “When people would say, ‘Hall of Fame,’ to me that always and still does mean Red Holtzman, Red Auerbach, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, to me that’s Hall of Fame.”
“They let you in so I’m thankful, but mostly humbled and a little bit embarrassed because you never think you’re worthy of something like that.”
Speaking of the Speaking of the Dallas and San Antonio rivalry, Mavericks’ Governor Mark Cuban recently reacted to the announcement that Popovich had been named apart of the 2023 Naismith Hall of Fame Class.
“Pop Was amazing us against the Spurs was everything in the NBA for 15-20yrs. So, kind of missing that, but Pop is a hero on the court & off,” Said Cuban.
The Spurs and Mavericks seasons of the 2022-23 campaign recently ended with the San Antonio beating Dallas 138-117 at the American Airlines Center.