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Popovich shares his key to success: 'Draft Tim Duncan'

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Gregg Popovich is closing in on a big milestone in his career, as he's poised to overtake Don Nelson as the winningest coach in NBA history.

When asked Thursday what his key to success has been all these years, the San Antonio Spurs head coach jokingly gave most of the credit to the team's 1997 first-round draft pick, Tim Duncan.

"Key to success? Draft Tim Duncan," Popovich said, according to the San Antonio Express-News' Tom Orsborn. "After that, stay alive."

Popovich and Duncan had great success together during the latter's 19-year playing career, winning five NBA championships between 1999 and 2014.

The 72-year-old Popovich is currently 22 wins away from surpassing Nelson's career mark of 1,335, so he could realistically break the record this season.

Popovich shares his key to success: 'Draft Tim Duncan'
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