Gregg Popovich has been the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs for 18 seasons and won four NBA Championships in that time but legendary coach Phil Jackson doesn't believe the Spurs are a dynasty or have been under Popovich.
Popovich was recently awarded the NBA Coach of the Year award for the 2013-14 season, he managed his Spurs team to the leagues best record of 62-20 and locked up the number one seed in the extremely difficult Western Conference.
Popovich has taken the Spurs to five NBA finals, last years defeat being the only loss he has experienced in the finals, San Antonio have been a reckoned force for almost two decades so why does new Knicks President Phil Jackson feel the need to clarify they are not a dynasty?
Jackson won six titles with the Chicago Bulls of the 90's and five with the Los Angeles Lakers throughout the 2000's, so if there is anyone qualified to define a dynasty it is the 11-time champion.
The topic arose after Jackson was questioned about the financial flexibility of Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks, bit of a strange tangent we know.
Jackson said via Newsday's Al lannazzone: "Tim Duncan making the salary he’s making after being part of a dynasty—not a dynasty, I wouldn’t call San Antonio a dynasty—a force, a great force, They haven’t been able to win consecutive championships but they’ve always been there. San Antonio has had a wonderful run through Tim’s tenure there as a player. He’s agreed to take a salary cut so other players can play with him so they can be this good. And that’s the beginning of team play.”
Although Jackson has the expertise to educate us on the creation of dynasties, the Spurs did win three championships in five years which many people would define as a dynasty.