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Gregg Popovich is Unsure Whether He'll Return to Coach the San Antonio Spurs Next Season 

Don't be alarmed, but there's a chance that longtime Spurs coach Gregg Popovich won't return to coach the San Antonio team next season.

After a post-game interview on Wednesday, Popovich was asked about his plans for next season.

"I don't know the answer," he responded. Though it may seem that his hesitation came out of nowhere, Popovich said he and Spurs president R.C. Buford have previously discussed the future of the franchise after the 2018-2019 season. Buford said the job belongs to Popovich for as long as he wants it.

"He'll coach as long as he wants to coach," Buford said.

Popovich is currently in his last season of a five-year contract extension he signed after the Spurs' 2014 championship. His doubt comes ahead of his 70th birthday on January 28. He'll join only three other head coaches in league history that have worked into their 70s.

With Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili retired and Tony Parker playing with the Charlotte Hornets now, a Spurs team without Gregg Popovich at the helm will truly indicate the end of an era. Let's hope coach Pop finds it in him to keep coaching the Spurs a few more years.

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