Colorado Spurs fan pays tribute to Gregg Popovich with ‘Pop #1336’ jersey during Nuggets game

Every die-hard Spurs fan has at least one shirt in their closet. Some continue to honor the era of the Big Three. Others bring new guys into the fold with maybe a Keldon Johnson or Josh Primo jersey. In rare cases, a Coyote jersey can be suspended, but an even more unique jersey was created by a Colorado fan. He dedicated the jersey to coach Gregg Popovich.

After Pop claimed the winningest coaching title in NBA regular season history on March 11 with his 1,336th win, Adrian Jimenez knew he wanted to honor the man who led the roster. a dynasty and built a basketball culture in San Antonio.

“We bleed silver and black,” Jimenez says of himself and his friends. “We always said how great Popovich was our grandfather (or) ‘Pops’ and I wanted to do something for him.”

Adrian Jimenez, 26, has had a No. 1336 shirt made in honor of Spurs manager Gregg Popovich.

Courtesy, Taylor Hair

Jimenez says he paid a jersey customizer $150 to make one dedicated to pop. What number did he choose? Maybe number 20, the number he wore at the Air Force Academy? Perhaps the number 96 to signify the year he took over as Spurs manager? It would be too easy. Jimenez went with 1,336, the number of wins Pop etched to break history and surpass his former boss Don Nelson.

The Spurs fan, who is from San Antonio but now lives in Colorado, was able to show his appreciation for Pop during the Spurs game in Denver on Tuesday, April 5. Spurs players like Jakob Poeltl, Zach Collins and Keldon Johnson signed the merch. He says general manager Brian Wright was initially hesitant to sign the shirt, assuming Jimenez only wanted player signatures.

“No, I want everyone who made this possible and you were a part of it,” he told Wright.

Wright ended up blessing the jersey with his John Hancock. Jimenez couldn’t get an autograph from the man of the hour, but says Pop saw the jersey and waved at him.

“The best experience of my life,” says Jimenez.

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