Erin Popovich, wife of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg, has passed away. “With deep regret the San Antonio Spurs announce that Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich, passed away earlier today," the Spurs said in a statement released earlier tonight. "Erin and Gregg were married for four decades and were blessed with two children and two grandchildren." 

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Erin “had been ill over an extended period of time.”

"We mourn the loss of Erin," Spurs general manager RC Buford said. "She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us." 

Popovich has repeatedly stressed in the past that basketball is just a game, and that there are things in life that greatly outweigh anything pertaining to the NBA. One of those things has to be family.

With the Spurs looking to turn around their first-round series against the Golden State Warriors as they head back home for Game 3 on Thursday, the game of basketball is probably the furthest thing from his mind at this heartbreaking time. Upon hearing the news of Erin’s death, Kevin Durant couldn’t help but feel for an important member of the NBA family.