Being the known boxing fan Gregg Popovich is (even going as far to use the sport during training camp for the team’s conditioning drills) I’m sure he’s well acquainted with the great career that Ezzard Charles had.
Besides engaging in some of the greatest fights in boxing history in the 40’s and 50’s, Charles is known for being a stylistic influence on Muhammed Ali. But even a large percentage of hardcore boxing fans have either just heard his name in passing or aren’t that familiar with his career. That’s what happens when you come from a small market and aren’t flashy. These two men’s careers take very similar paths, and both will only be remembered by their peers, historians and hardcore fan’s of their respective sports.
Gregg Popovich is also a military man and is hardly a braggart. His teams have become infamous for their excellence in defense and their methodical high-percentage offense. He has used this style to slay some of the biggest names in basketball history. Beating the likes of Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’ Neal, Lebron James and Steve Nash. The jury is still out on his legacy as I don’t think he is done winning championships. But when it’s all said and done he will be regarded as a top ten coach in NBA history. Flashier coaches and coaches from bigger markets get more media attention than Pop, but they don’t have the industry wide respect Popovich has.
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