Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, died Wednesday after a long illness, the NBA team announced. She was 67.
“We mourn the loss of Erin,” Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said in a statement. “She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”
Erin Popovich is survived by her husband, two children and two grandchildren.
San Antonio’s next game is Thursday against the Golden State Warriors. It is not known if Gregg Popovich will be behind the bench.
The 69-year-old Spurs coach married his wife while he was helping coach the American Air Force Academy team from 1973-79.
Former Spurs player and now Warriors star Kevin Durant was at a loss for words but said he was willing to provide whatever support Popovich needs.
“It’s bigger than the game. It’s bigger than winning and losing. I feel so bad for Pop and his family. That’s just tough to hear about,” Durant said.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Erin Popovich. We’d like to extend our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to Gregg and the Popovich family.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 19, 2018
Great emotional answer by LeBron getting hit cold with an immediate post-game question about the passing of coach Popovich's wife. That was LeBron at his greatest.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 19, 2018
Gregg Popovich is not only one of the best coaches in the history of the NBA, he's also a principled leader with a clear-eyed view of America who speaks with heart and conviction about his country.
This one hurts. My heart truly goes out to him and his family.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) April 19, 2018
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Erin Popovich. Our sympathy goes out to Coach Popovich and his family at this difficult time.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 19, 2018
“There's nothing you can really say. It's a tough situation.”
The TNT crew mourns the loss of Erin Popovich, the wife of Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich. pic.twitter.com/zg1Y6pQFS3
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 19, 2018
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