It’s safe to say Gregg Popovich is pleased with hiring Jacque Vaughn
Amidst the fun and joking of Spurs Media Day, the unofficial kick-off to the season, was the suggestion by Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich that the addition of Jacque Vaughn to the coaching staff was the biggest offseason move for San Antonio.
This season, the Spurs are off to a franchise-best start at 29-4 and look to have as much influence on the title chase as anyone. So before the Spurs took on the Denver Nuggets a few weeks ago, I asked Coach Pop for an update on Jacque Vaughn, the coach, and how he has helped this year’s team.
“He’s a very knowledgeable individual who has a wonderful ability to teach. The respect he engenders comes easily and in large quantities,” Coach Pop said. “So whenever you have somebody around that’s that gifted, it helps everybody raise their level.
“He’s a star in the making.”
Now if you’re keeping track, and I am, that’s twice Coach Pop has referred to Jacque Vaughn as a star.
It’s tough to really know where Vaughn has had the most impact on this year’s team, but we do know the Spurs are having one of their best offensive seasons in history. Some of this could attributed to Coach Vaughn.
While Gregg Popovich is always quick to credit those around him for the team’s success, it’s interesting to see just how much praise he has for Vaughn. Also, as Varner pointed out to me in a conversation, if Coach Pop was being truthful in that Vaughn could have had any role in on the coaching or front office staff that he wanted, it shows a lot that Vaughn chose a behind-the-bench coaching position.