22 Highest Paid NBA Coaches


#22 Steve Clifford, $2 million

Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford signed his three-year contract worth six million in May 2013.

The terms of the contract included a playoff clause that portrayed a two-season deal that guaranteed the third season.
Since the then-Bobcats did qualify for the playoff, it is safe to assume that the conservative minded coach has his money.

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18 Responses

  1. Lou G says:

    Way to go Pop! Go, Spurs. Go!

  2. john sullivan says:

    Pop’s net value is priceless to the city of San Antonio.

    • mick says:

      Amen, John.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Well said, John. GO SPURS. By the way, did you know that Tim Duncan announced his retirement yesterday? If Pop leaves in the near future, that will be really weird.I had a customer yesterday and we were talking about Tim and Pop and I said to him that if Pop retires, I hope Avery Johnson, Steve Kerr, etc are considered for the job.

  3. Larry Timpe says:

    Pop is worth every penny of his salary. In addition, all those coaches on this list who learned from Pop should have to give him 10% of whatever they receive. Most of them would never have gotten a coaching job if they had not been under his tutelage.

  4. Larry says:

    I may have missed one, but I don’t believe any of those coaches on this list ever was on Popovich’s staff. Please name the ones you believe were assistants under Popovich.

    • Carol says:

      I don’t have a full list – at least Coach Bub in Atlanta and Steve Kerr have both been part of the Spurs under Pop – I suspect there are more

      • Chris says:

        Bud, Gentry, Brown, and Snyder are all current head coaches (not necessarily listed here) who tutored under Pop, plus Avery Johnson, Vinny Del Negro, Jacque Vaughn, and Mike Brown being former HC. There are several assistants and GMs throughout the league that also served under Pop over the years. If you add former players (Kerr, Rivers) to the list, it expands even more.

        Popovich has created an amazing culture in San Antonio that so many franchises try to emulate, but all to often fail in doing so.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Mike Budenholzer was there from 1996-2013. In 2013, he became coach of the Atlanta Hawks. Steve Kerr was one of Pop’s players when they won in 1999 and 2003. He spent 2 years in Portland before he went back to the Spurs. After the second title, he never played another game. Most of these coaches weren’t on Pop’s staff.

  5. Robert says:

    Over paid.!!!!!!!

  6. Carol says:

    This is misleading – because Pop is both the Head Coach and the President of Basketball Operations for Spurs Sports and Entertainment. I suspect his contract and salary cover both jobs.

  7. Louis Guzman says:

    Overrated and overpaid choke artist coach, choked the #1 Seed to the #8 seed Grizllies in 2011, choked the 2013 NBA Championship to the Miami Heat by not inserting Duncan in the final moments of Game 6 and most recently, this year, choked 67 regular season wins to a 55-win team….and many more mental mistakes during his entire career.

    Pop lovers need to Stop their infatuation with this coach.

    • Chris says:

      Someone can’t see the forest for the trees.

    • Louis Guzman's mom says:

      Common sense do you not have.. — Yoda

    • Elizabeth says:

      Pop has made mistakes. He realizes that. In 2011, the Spurs had injuries and they couldn’t overcome the Grizzlies athleticism. In 2013, he should have left Duncan in the next to last game of the 2013 finals. The next year, they redeemed themselves and won in 5 games, 3 of which were blowouts. Leonard won MVP of the Finals and the Spurs won their 5th title.

      Pop is a good coach. He cares deeply about his players. He makes sure they are 100% before they play every game. If they aren’t 100%, he’ll hold them out. He’s like me when it comes to play the game, if the player isn’t 100%, sit that player out even if it means they’re not going to win.

      There are other coaches who are not as good as Pop is and never will come close with the player/coach relationship that Duncan and Pop had. Pop is/was a second father to Duncan. Duncan’s own father passed away when he was 26.

  8. Alan S. says:

    Louis Guzman sounds very bright. May the Spurs should hire him. Name a coach who never got into the crosshairs of an armchair quarterback.

  9. Ozzie says:

    Pop is the best coach in the NBA.

  10. Tom says:

    And you wonder why ticket prices are so high? I have never been to any professional ball game. I don’t plan to either.

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