Mark Turgeon tips cap to old friends who helped Spurs win title

Mark Turgeon tips cap to old friends who helped Spurs win title
June 15, 2014, 10:45 pm
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Mark Turgeon took to Twitter on Sunday evening to congratulate some old friends as the San Antonio Spurs closed out the Miami Heat to win the 2014 NBA title.

Popovich is part of the enormous Larry Brown coaching tree, now having dug in his roots in in San Antonio and helped to grow five championship teams. The long-time Spurs head man began his head coaching career at Division III Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.) from 1979-1988.

During the 1986-87 season, though, Popovich took a sabbatical and spent time on Brown's staff with the Jayhawks.

Buford spent five seasons on the Kansas coaching staff, including as an assistant for two Final Four-bound teams, before following Brown and Popovich to San Antonio in 1988. He has now overseen four Spurs championships as GM, helping to hoist the trophy in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014.

How does that coincide with Turgeon? The former Jayhawks point guard played in Lawrence from 1984-87. He joined the coaching staff following his graduation, which explains in full how the paths of Buford, Popovich, and Turgeon intersect.

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