April 19, 2018, 1:22 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF/C, San Antonio Spurs
Ettore Messina will coach the Spurs Thursday night in place of Greg Popovich whose wife Erin passed away Wednesday.
Popovich is one of the most respected figures in the NBA, possibly across all of pro sports, and our deepest condolences go out to him and his family. Multiple players visited Popovich Wednesday night and the entire league has represented the strength of the fraternity that the NBA has as a league. Multiple Spurs players commented on Thursday night's game describing how hard it will be to play, but also how they will represent Popovich by playing as hard as they can. It is a sad time for the Spurs organization and the Popovich family – we wish them the best.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter