Gregg Popovich’s coaching tree is monopolizing the NBA Final

With 1,344 victories, Gregg Popovich is the winningest NBA coach. 

Along with having the most wins, we are beginning to see another aspect of Popovich's legacy develop.  

The four head coaches involved in the last two NBA Finals have a tie to coach Pop, having either worked for him or played for him in San Antonio.

Ime Udoka, the Celtics rookie head coach, played for and coached under Popovich in San Antonio. 

If this trend continues, the NBA may have to consider changing the NBA Finals to the Gregg Popovich Invitational.  

During Udoka's assistant coaching career, he spent a lot of time with Popovich on the Spurs' sideline.  

In addition to playing for the Spurs for three of his last four seasons, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr also played for Pop in San Antonio.  

During his time at San Antonio, Kerr won two championships in 1999 and 2003.  

While Kerr is more known for playing with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, his playing days under coach Pop significantly influenced his coaching style at Golden State. 

Popovich runs a motion offense where everyone touches the ball.

The only coach in the modern era who has won a championship in his first season as head coach is Udoka if Boston beats Golden State in the Finals. 

In addition to Paul Westhead (Lakers' 1979-80), Pat Riley (Lakers' 81-82), Steve Kerr (Warriors' 14-15), Tyronn Lue (Cavs' 15-16), and Nick Nurse (Lakers' 18-19), Udoka will join the Lakers.

Also heavily influenced by Popovich was last year's Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns.