With the recent retirement of Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich now is tied for second among the NBA’s highest-paid coaches.
Forbes Magazine reports thattrails only the new five-year deal recently signed by Boston’s Doc Rivers among NBA coaches. That contract will pay Rivers $7 million per year. New York Knicks’ coach Mike D’Antoni also makes $6 million per year.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is the highest-paid coach, according to industry analysts quoted by Forbes. Belichick is estimated to be making $7.5 million per season.
Forbes . It reads: “The NBA version of Belichick, Popovich just keeps winning year after year, bagging a few titles along the way.”
Here is Forbes’ list of the highest salaries for North American sports head coaches
Bill Belichick, New England Patriots $7.5 million
Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins $7 million
Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics $7 million
Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks $7 million
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs $6 million
Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears $6 million
Mike D’Antoni, New York Knicks $6 million
Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals $5.75 million
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants $5.25 million
Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers $5 million
Source: Forbes Magazine