The Spurs' bench next to Gregg Popovich will remain stable - at least for the forseeable future - after assistant James Borrego turned down a chance to coach the University of New Mexico in his home town of Albuquerque. The website The Vertical reports that Borrego met with school officials last week but informed them on Sunday night that he would be leaving the Lobos' search process to remain with the Spurs. Borrego, 39, was a finalist for the Houston Rockets' and Memphis Grizzlies' head-coaching openings in 2016, impressing officials around the league in multiple interview sessions for both jobs. The Spurs also have a proven record of placing their assistants around the league. Some of Borrego's interest was clearly piqued by his familiarity with the UNM program to replace former coach Craig "Noodles" Neal, who was fired two weeks ago after four seasons directing the Lobos. Borrego was born and raised in Albuquerque and is well-versed on the Lobo basketball program, which is considered to be the most popular and widely followed team in the state. He was a standout basketball player at Albuquerque Academy High School, leading them to a pair of state championships. He later graduated from the University of San Diego, where he was named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic team his senior year and earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's in leadership studies.
Borrego turns down shot at UNM head coaching job
San Antonio Express-News | Apr 10