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Journey of Gregg Popovich, the Mastermind Behind the Spurs Dynasty

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Gregg Popovich is the longest-tenured active National Basketball Association (NBA) coach, a respected American basketball executive, who is the current head coach and president of the team San Antonio Spurs.

Age, Early Life, and Education Background

Gregg Charles Popovich is a native of East Chicago, Indiana, who was born under the Aquarius zodiac sign on 28 January 1949, which makes him 74 years old as of 2023. He is the son of Katherine Popovich and her husband, Raymond Popovich – Gregg’s father was Serbian whereas his mother was Croatian. He developed an interest in basketball at a young age, and was drafted into the Gary Biddy Basketball All-Star squad in 1960.

Gregg attended Merrillville High School in Indiana and matriculated in 1966. Subsequently, he joined the US Air Force Academy, where he began playing for the Falcons basketball squad, and was selected as the team’s captain in his senior year. Gregg trained in Air Force intelligence with the dream of joining the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He graduated with a Soviet Studies baccalaureate in 1970, and thereafter served five years of active duty in the Air Force and during this period, he toured the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe with the US Armed Forces Basketball team. As the team captain, Gregg helped Air Force Academy Falcons win the Amateur Athletic Union championship.

Gregg graduated with a master’s degree in Sports Sciences and Physical Education from the University of Denver.

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Interest and Facts

Popovich aka Coach Pop is one of the five NBA coaches who have won at least five championship titles – the other four are Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, John Kundla and Pat Riley.

Gregg is an avid wine collector, who has invested in the Oregon-based A to Z Wineworks.

He’s very outspoken when it comes to politics, and supported the 2017 Women’s March. Popovich openly criticized the policies of the former US president, Donald Trump – he endorsed Joe Biden when he was running for the presidency in 2020.

Gregg devotes his time and money to various charity organizations, such as the Innocence Project and San Antonio Food Bank. He donated funds to the Shoe That Fit non-profit organization, which provided shoes to Gates Elementary School students, who were affected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

In 2005, Gregg was inducted into Merrillville High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Career – College Career

In 1973, Gregg began serving as an assistant under the coach Hank Egan for the Academy Falcons. He worked for six years before he was hired as the head coach of Pitzer College and Pomona College joint men’s team, Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. Popovitch marshaled the team to its first outright title during his years as the coach (1979-1988). During this period, Gregg became good friends with the University of Kansas’ head coach, Larry Brown, and he briefly volunteered as an assistant coach at Kansas during the 1985-1986 season – he’s confirmed that he learned a lot from Brown.

In 1987 and 1988, Gregg joined coach Brown as an assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs, and from 1988 to ‘92, he became Larry Brown’s top assistant, but in late 1992, he briefly left the Spurs to work as an assistant coach for the San Francisco-based basketball team, The Golden State Warriors.

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NBA Career – San Antonio Spurs

Gregg returned to the Spurs in 1994 as the Vice President and General Manager of Basketball Operations, shortly after Peter M. Holt purchased the team. Immediately after assuming the position, Popovich signed Avery DeWitt Johnson as the Spurs’ starting point guard, and went on to trade Dennis Rodman for Will Perdue – in his 1996 book entitled “Bad As I Wanna Be”, Rodman disclosed that he wasn’t fond of Popovich. In December 1996, Popovich fired the team’s head coach, Bob Hill, and named himself the new coach. Some of San Antonio Spurs’ key players – such as David Robinson and Sean Elliott – suffered injuries in the 1996-1997 season, and as a result, the team performed dismally, winning only 17 games in the season. However, the team blossomed in the 1997-1998 season after Gregg took over fully as the head coach – it won 56 games in that season, and in 1999, Gregg marshaled the Spurs to its first NBA title victory.

Gregg won four more championship titles with the Spurs, in 2003, 2007 and 2014. Moreover, he was named the National Basketball Association’s Coach of the Year in 2003. In April 2008, he returned to the US Air Force Academy to collect the academy’s Distinguished Graduate Award. In 2012 and 2014, Popovich was named NBA Coach of the Year again, which saw him awarded the Red Auerbach Trophy in 2014, for winning Coach of the Year title thrice. In early 2019, he became the ninth head coach in the history of the NBA to win 1,000 games – Popovich and Jerry Sloan are the only NBA coaches who have won 1,000 games with one team. In 2019, Gregg surpassed coach Lenny Wilkens to become the winningest coach in NBA regular season games.

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National Team Career

During the 14th edition of the FIBA World Championship in 2002, Popovich served on the coaching staff for the US Basketball Men’s National Team. Together with Larry Brown, he steered the team to win the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens. Popovich was selected as the head coach for the national basketball team in October 2015, and led the national squad to a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, where the US team beat France 87-82 in the final.

Personal Life

Popovich married Erin Conboy on 10 October 1976. Erin preferred to stay away from the spotlight and as a result, nothing much is known about her. The couple welcomed two children, a son and a daughter named Micky Popovich and Jill Popovich respectively. Sadly, Popovich’s wife passed away at the age of 67 in April 2018, after a long battle with heart complications.

Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance

Popovich is of Caucasian ethnicity and has a set of brown eyes and gray hair. He’s 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall and weighs approximately 230lbs (104kgs).

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Net Worth

Gregg holds various NBA records and has earned a good sum from his career as a basketball coach and executive. His annual salary is around $6 million, and he’s reputedly worth approximately $40 million as of 2023.

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Zack Clayton Carpinello (WWE) – Who is JWoww’s boyfriend?

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Zack Carpinello, known also as Zack Clayton is an American professional wrestler and boyfriend of a famous reality TV star JWoow.

Early life, family, starting career

Zack Carpinello was born on 20 December 1994, in Albany County, Bethlehem, New York USA. Zack has a sister. Her name is Erica and she is older than him. He finished high school in Bethlehem Central School in 2013, where he was playing football.

He continued in Hudson Valley Community College and spent two years in Your Face Wrestling Foundation in Albany. Carpinello also attended Johnny Rodz’s wrestling school in Brooklyn, where he got the skills and knowledge that needed him to go up in his career.

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‘After high school, I always knew I wanted to do it,’ said Carpinello in an interview for Spotlight news. ‘I was an athlete all the way through high school, up until college. I knew I didn’t want to continue football’. He was training fitness very hard and he said that it was the most natural thing he has ever done. He was watching wrestling for a long time and was amazed by the size of the wrestlers. ‘The end goal is to get to WWE — to be a champion there, to be the best I absolutely can be’, highlighted Carpinello. Zack Clayton is the name he uses in the ring. Actually, Clayton is his middle name.

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He had to promote a character for himself, so he decided to take this name and to stay authentic. His character is a bad guy. In every match there is a bad and good guy. Carpinello can perform both, but he prefers the “bad guy”. He was wrestling in the Spanish leagues Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA).  So, Clayton appeared on Telemundo few times.

Carpinello also trains athletes in Top Form. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Personal life

In March 2019 Zack Carpinello started dating Jennifer Lynn Farley, also known as JWoow. She is an American reality TV star, nine years older than him. Farley has almost seven million followers on Instagram, so when she announced her new relationship, Carpinello found himself in the spotlight. So, he is also known as JWoow’s boyfriend. But, they have a mutual friend, his sister Erica. ‘She’s been one of my friends since I was 15, and I met her in the principal’s office because we both got in trouble. And cut to 20 years later, I’m now dating her brother, so it’s fun’, Farley said on the MTV VMA Red carpet last year.

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Carpinello’s nickname is “24” thanks to his girlfriend and it’s referring his age at the time. He got it while Farley was filming Jersey Shore revival.

Girlfriend Jennifer Lynn Farley

Farley was born on 27 February 1986 in East Greenbush, New York. She finished high school in Columbia School and continued at New York Institute of Technology. She started her career in Graphic Design business. But she went on an audition for Jersey Shores, MTV reality series and in 2009 with seven others housemates she became part of the series.

The first and the third seasons were filmed in New Jersey, the second in Miami, Florida, the fourth in Florence, Italy and the final two back in New Jersey. Farley published in 2010 a book “The Rules according to JWoow: Shore-tested secrets on landing a Mint Guy, Staying Fresh to Death and Kicking the Competition to the Curb”.

In 2012 Farley and her costar from Jersey Shore, Nicole Polizzi started “Snooki&JWoow” on MTV. In 2015 they continued “Snooki&JWoow: Moms with attitude”.

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The same year she won the seventh season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition. Her film debut was for an indie production “The Mint”. In 2013 Farley got in the GQ’s “Sexiest 100 ladies of the 21st Century”. Farley married Roger Mathews in 2015. Their daughter was born in 2014 and their son in 2016. Two years later she filed for divorce.

Last year in April she confirmed her new relationship, not revealing his identity. But, after a short time the public found out that the new boyfriend was a professional wrestler.

The couple often publishes photos of themselves on Instagram. In October last year Angelina Pivarnic, Farley’s friend and costar accused Carpinello for inappropriate behavior. It was all filmed on the episode of Jersey Shore:The vacation few month earlier, but aired in October. Farley found out as well as the audience. Zack issued a statement regarding this situation taking the responsibility and asking for an apology.

They broke up at the time and got back together in December.

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Appearance

Zack Carpinello is 6ft 2 ins (1.88m) tall and weighs 191 lbs (87 kg). His vital statistics are 44-32-37 inches. He has strong, toned body. He wears shoe size 12. Carpinello has brown hair and blue eyes.

Social Media

Zack has an Instagram account since 2014 with 118,000 followers. In 2013 he joined Twitter and has almost 1500 followers. He has the same number of followers on Facebook.

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Who is Luchasaurus (WWE)? Real Face, Injury, Height, Wiki

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Austin Matelson, known as Luchasaurus is a professional wrestler and reality TV star from USA. He won Millennium Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship in 2016. Matelson was part of the 17th season of the Big Brother show in 2015 and ended on the fifth place, leaving after 12 weeks.

Early life, education

Austin Matelson was born on 10 March 1985 in Woodland Hills, California USA. He has four younger sisters. His parents were hippies and they never pressed him for studying.

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However he was very dedicated to school so he earned bachelor’s and master’s degree in medieval history at the California State University in Northridge. He knew that he will become a wrestler at the age of seven. Matelson was watching The Ultimate Warrior on TV and decided that it will be his future profession.

Career

Austin Matelson started his career on independent professional wrestling promotions in 2009.

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He was performing and winning singles matches trained by the brothers Shane and Shannon Billard. At that time he was using the ring name “W”.

In 2012 he signed the first contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He made a debut under the ring name Judas Devlin in a team with Corey Graves. They defeated Briley Pierce and CJ Parker. Shortly after, he was transferred to NXT, a new brand of WWE, working mostly as performer at house shows.

He had severe injuries that stopped his career until 2016. Matelson came back, as part of the Lucha Underground, television series based on wrestling, broadcast weekly and produced by One Three Media. He performed under a snake mask and his ring name was Vibora. He and the teammates Pindar and Drago won the Lucha Underground Trios Championship.

In 2016 he was using the ring name Austin Draven when he won a match for Millenium Pro Wrestling (MPW). Few month later same year under the name Just Judas he became MPW Heavyweight Champion.

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Since the Lucha Undergroung, Matelson started using the name Luchasaurus after his fans shouted it during a performance.

In 2019 Matelson signed for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and he debuted at Double or Nothing as a part of the pre-show Casino Battle Royale. After he signed full time with the company he performed in a team “A Boy and his Dinosaur” with Jungle Boy. At “All Out” with the third teammate Marko Stunt, they debuted as “Jurassic Express”. In October last year, he didn’t play against the Lucha Brothers in the first round of AEW Tournament due to an injury.

He suffered a hamstring tear, but returned in the ring after a month. His signature moves are Choke to Spanish Fly, Snakebite, Extinction, Betrayal, Ironman, Moonsault and Chokeslam.

In an interview for CSUN Today (The newspaper of the University where he received 2 degrees) last year explained what he finds in common of these two professions: ‘What you’re doing is almost telling a story like a historian tells a story. There’s a lot of correlation in the way you can approach it from that analytical point of view’.

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Bill DeMott scandal

Bill DeMott is a former WWE wrestler and the head trainer of NXT. But in 2015 he resigned amid accusations of abuse by wrestlers. He denied those accusations. One of the wrestlers was Austin Matelson, who said in a radio interview that DeMott was constantly bullying wrestlers making inappropriate comments including their sexual orientation and abusing them physically and mentally. Matelson sent an e-mail to WWE executives in 2013 while he was still in the company, informing them about De Mott behavior. He was accused from female wrestlers too.

Reality Shows

During his break in the career, Matelson was contacted by the Big Brother producers who thought his biography is interesting -a wrestler with a master degree in medieval history. He appeared in the 17th season in 2015 and left the house after 12 weeks. At the end of the show he was on the fifth place.

Matilson also appeared in other shows like Access Hollywood, The price is right and the 19th season of the Big Brother Show.

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Personal life

His personal life was in the spotlight during the Big Brother show where he met and began a relationship with another contestant Liz Nolan. They dated for five months. Matilson keeps his private life out of the public eye, so it is believed that he is single, dedicated to his professional life.

Net worth

A professional wrestler gets about $500,000 each year. So, Matilson net worth, as of early 2020 is estimated around $1 million.

Appearance

Luchasaurus is 6ft 5ins (1.96m) tall, weighs 234lbs (106 kg). He has a strong and toned body with tattoos. He has long brown hair and his eyes are brown too.

Social media

Luchasaurus has a Twitter account with more than 88,000 followers and he joined in 2011. The next year he opened an Instagram account and now he has 113,000 followers.

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The Truth About Shawn Oakman: What You Didn’t Know About Him

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Who is Shawn Oakman?

American Football defensive end Shawn Michael Oakman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, on 7 April 1992, meaning that Aries is his zodiac sign. He’s probably known best for the time which he’s spent playing for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL), while Shawn’s also competed in Champions Indoor Football (CIF), American Arena League (AAL) and the XFL.

Education and early life

Shawn was raised alongside his siblings in Philadelphia, by their mother Vernetta who was a drug addict; she’s now been clean for years, and has revealed in an interview that she wasn’t able to provide a stable home for her children. Vernetta’s also revealed that she was sexually abused as a child, was seven when she began taking psychiatric drugs, and 15 when she took cocaine for the first time. Shawn’s father wasn’t around while he was growing up, and he eventually died from cancer.

Shawn and his siblings tried their best to behave as if they were a normal family, because they were afraid of Child Protective Services splitting them into foster homes; in 2002, when Shawn was 10, his mother was sentenced to a year and a half behind bars for being in possession of a criminal weapon, and was then arrested in 2004 for theft, and in 2005 and 2008 for prostitution. A year later, she was diagnosed with HIV, while she’s today also struggling with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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Shawn and his brother Future were sent to live with their cousin Kenn Roberts, an American Army veteran who together with his wife Tracy had previously fostered 13 disadvantaged children; Kenn’s revealed that Shawn had anger issues when he arrived, and that he didn’t want to go to school or talk to anyone.

Shawn thus had to take speech classes, and was given chores by Kenn and his wife, such as walking the dog, cutting the lawn and folding laundry. He found comfort in playing basketball while attending Penn Wood High School, and took his school to the state title during his junior year, however, it was obvious even at that time that Shawn’s future was in football.

He matriculated in 2010 and then enrolled at Penn State University on a football scholarship.

College career

Shawn was redshirted in 2011, and was then dismissed from their football team the Nittany Lions on 27 February 2012, for unknown reasons; this made him transfer to Baylor University in July of the same year.

Shawn had to skip the 2012 football season because of transfer rules, and only began playing for the Baylor Bears in 2013; he was a backup defensive end in 13 games, and finished the season with two sacks and 33 tackles. He made his breakthrough in the 2014 season, recording 11 sacks and 25.5 tackles; he was a consensus All-Big 12 selection, while he earned third-team All-America honors from Associated Press.

Instead of making himself eligible for the National Football League Draft (NFL), Shawn chose to spend another year at Baylor, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2015.

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Football career

Shawn was arrested on sexual assault charges only two weeks before the 2016 NFL Draft, which made him ‘undraftable’; he indeed wasn’t drafted, but was found not guilty of the sexual assault a couple of months later.

Shawn was signed by the Triangle Torch of the AAL in November 2017, and on 8 March 2018 signed with the Bismarck Bucks of CIF; he then signed with the Austin General of The Spring League on 6 April 2019, and with the West Virginia Roughriders of AAL in June 2019.

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He was drafted by the Los Angeles Wildcats of the XFL on 16 October 2019, but was waived on 17 December of the same year; the Wildcats re-signed Shawn on 24 January 2020, but his contract was terminated when the league suspended its operations on 10 April 2020.

Shawn signed with the Toronto Argonauts of CFL on 15 February 2021, and in March 2021 played in Fan Controlled Football’s People’s Championship.

Love life and relationships

Shawn shies away from sharing the details of his love life with his fans; it’s known that he’s been in a relationship with several girls, as some have accused him of rape and physical assault, but the names of these girls haven’t been revealed.

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There are some people on the internet who believe that Shawn’s struggling with his sexuality, and that he’s actually gay, but this hasn’t been addressed by him.

There are also those who believe that he’s today in a long-term relationship with a non-celebrity Canadian girl, as some have claimed to have seen the two spending time together, but this hasn’t been confirmed either.

Shawn seems to be unattached as of May 2023, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.

Problems with the authorities

Shawn was involved in an incident at Penn State University on 25 February 2012, and was charged with retail theft, harassment and disorderly conduct; he had shoved a cashier and fled the scene – this was the incident which led to his dismissal from the university’s football team.

In January 2013, a woman claimed that she’d been physically assaulted by Shawn, and that he had grabbed her under her armpits and pushed her against a brick wall.

He was arrested on 13 April 2016, after a woman accused him of sexual assault. According to the woman, the two had met at a bar and Shawn invited her to his off-campus residence; he then forced her into his bedroom, took her clothes off and raped her. Shawn was indicted on second-degree sexual assault charged on 20 July 2016 by a grand jury in McLennan County, but was found not guilty on 28 February 2019.

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Height, eyes and wealth

Shawn’s age is 31. He has black hair and brown eyes, is 6ft 9ins (2.06m) tall and weighs around 290lbs (130kgs).

Shawn’s net worth’s been estimated at over $2 million, as of May 2023.

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