Honestly, Gregg Popovich never would have won a championship if it weren't for Duncan, Malik Rose, Bruce Bowen, David Robinson and Fabricio Oberto. The guy practically had it handed to him on a silver platter. Now that he doesn't have 80% of that championship roster with good rebounding and interior defense and an elite scorer, his true inadequacies at coaching are being shown.
At some point you just have to shake your head when you see who Gregg Popovich is deciding to trot out there...
GP... Tony Parker is the guy you have chosen as your #1 option? Really? This guy has been inconsistent his entire career, only goes 9 for 35 in the last two games of the NBA finals, and you choose him as who you run your offense through? He should be a #2 option, where he would excel. Figure this out.
GP... Danny Green was the starting shooting guard? Sure, you finally managed to realize he is by no means a good starting shooting guard, but why even start him in the first place when even the Cleveland Cavaliers didn't want him starting for them? He has always been inconsistent and clearly isn't ready to lead a team. You should have found a better option.
GP... you started Tiago Splitter at PF? Really? You literally just made the San Antonio Spurs the 2012-2013 worst starting PF team in the NBA finals. Sure, it was short lived because now the season is over, but what what point did you decide an NBA Championship Contending Team should ever start Tiago Splitter in stead of an actually serviceable power forward capable of leading an offense. And why are you now choosing to start a 37 year old Duncan instead of playing a C that would actually make a meaningful shot in the closing minutes of the NBA finals?
GP... Leonard is supposed to be the defensive anchor on LeBron? Brilliant Popovich. Freaking brilliant. The guy is barely an average free throw shooter, but obviously is a poor choice to stop LeBron single-handedly defensively. Also, he has been incredibly inconsistent offensively for the last 2 seasons. Why give him so many minutes?
GP... you keep playing Manu Ginobili. The guy shows zero ability to avoid turnovers and can't buy a bucket, even with those $millions he has from being good once upon a time... If you're going to coach your player who is a career 45% shooter to suddenly start only hitting 40% of his shots in the playoffs, I suggest you make some serious changes to your shooting drills.
GP... you have chosen to bench Tracy McGrady. Seriously? He is a career 20 point per game scorer and would go a long way towards making sure we are no longer the worst scoring team in the NBA finals. Besides, you really should be playing him next to a strong interior defender to make up for his inadequacy as a defender who gets pushed around easily with his small frame, and yet you fail to put him in with an elite, strong, mobile interior defender.
GP... what happened to the defense? Sure, it was perfectly executed by those guys who handed you a championship, but why abandon it now when it so clearly was an integral part to a championship? The formula was quite simple back in 1999... have an elite defensive anchor in the middle capable of covering a lot of space at one time followed by a 7 footer at the 4 and ultimately well executed by intelligent and veteran players who have built a year of chemistry. Figure it out GP. Your head is on the chopping block.