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WATCH: What if Avery Johnson never called a team meeting to save Coach Popovich's job?

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OAKLAND, CA - 1997: Avery Johnson #6 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on against the Golden State Warriors at the Arena in Oakland in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Five championship banners, 21 consecutive trips to the playoffs, and legends to back-up what has made the San Antonio Spurs an organization other teams around the NBA try to emulate.

But, all the accolades could not be in the forefront if it was not for one player.

Not Tim Duncan, nor David Robinson but Avery Johnson and his foresight to save coach Gregg Popovich's job.

During the 1998-99 season, Popovich's job was on the line after the team floundered to start the season. In an attempt to save Popovich's career, Johnson called for a team meeting that ultimately inspired the players and kept Pop as head coach.

But what if Avery did't call that meeting?

NBA TV asked that question in the video below:

Can you imagine a Spurs team without Pop? There would not be a Duncan, Manu Ginobili or even a Tony Parker if Avery did not speak up. You remember in 2000 when Duncan could have left for Orlando?

We have to give praise to Avery for doing what he did, speaking his mind and fighting for Pop. Frankly, San Antonio would not be the same without him at the helm.

@MichaelRehome

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